Airtel Africa, Facebook offer internet sans data charges for basic services in Africa

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel Africa has partnered with Facebook to provide Free Basics, services like health, educations, jobs, communication and local content, at no additional cost in Africa by March 2016.


Free Basics is a set of basic websites and services to introduce people to the internet. Customers with an Airtel mobile connection will be able to access all the services that form part of Free Basics without paying extra for data charges or rental, a statement said.

In the first phase, Free Basics will be launched in Airtel Nigeria, DRC, Gabon and Niger followed by other Airtel Africa markets.

Christian de Faria, MD and CEO of Airtel Africa said, “With Africa’s widest 3G network, Airtel has been at the forefront of the data revolution in Africa. We are cognizant of the power of internet in changing lives of communities and this partnership with Facebook will aid in bringing more people online and reduce the digital divide.”

Airtel Africa is working with Facebook since 2014 for enhancing accessibility to the internet in an affordable manner.

Chris Daniels, VP of, said, “More than one billion people have access to’s free basic services across Asia, Africa and Latin America today. Our intention is to help the people in Africa access relevant basic services that will help them improve their lives and also lead to more adoption of the internet.”

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November 18, 2015 10:20 pm 10:20 PM

Reliance is no 1in world well Don prwod all Indian. Jai hind vandematram

Madhan Kumar
November 18, 2015 3:35 pm 3:35 PM

Airtel-Vittal,Rcom-Ambani,fb-mark all are evil minded persons who wants to kill net neutrality!

Prasath J
November 18, 2015 2:46 pm 2:46 PM

Airtel and FB are both hypocrites… They are ready to kill net-neutrality in Africa…

November 18, 2015 3:25 pm 3:25 PM

Yes. Like Ambani doing in India!!

Prasath J
November 18, 2015 4:45 pm 4:45 PM

Yes.. Anil joined hands with FB to kill net-neutrality in India… Airtel on its own using “Zero rated” has FULL 100% responsibility of trying to kill net-neutrality in India.. Opposing RCom here in India, Airtel is doing the same in Africa, what Anil was doing here…