The social network Facebook has launched a free internet service in Nigeria, reports Quartz.
The Free Basics service allows people to look at a restricted amount of sites.
It’s controversial – India’s telecoms regulator blocked it, ruling that data providers should not favour some online services over others.
One of the sites which will be available for free in Nigeria is a job site called Jobberman.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post that the job site started in a dorm room and now gets 5,000 applications a day. (BBC)
Here is how Zuckerberg broke the news on his Facebook page….read on.
Today we’re partnering with Airtel Africa to launch Internet.org Free Basics in Nigeria.
There’s a lot of innovation across Africa right now, and Nigeria, in particular, is home to a lot of talented developers.
In 2009, Olalekan Elude, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Opeyemi Awoyemi started a site called Jobberman in their dorm to help connect people looking for work with companies looking to hire. Now Jobberman is one of the top 100 websites in Nigeria, and it gets 5,000 applications every day.
Free Basics offers Nigerians, including 90 million people who are currently offline, the opportunity to access news, health information and services like Jobberman that were built by Nigerians and other developers across West Africa — all without having to pay for data.
Free Basics is now live in more than 40 countries, and half of those are in Africa. Over the next few months, we’ll be doing, even more, to connect developers with people who can use their apps — and partner with local companies to bring the internet to people across Africa who don’t have access to mobile networks.
In the meantime, I’m excited to see what Nigerians build next!