Ooredoo subsidiary joins with Facebook to provide free Internet in Indonesia

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Fri, 2015-04-24 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Ooredoo subsidiary Indosat -- a top telecommunications services provider in Indonesia -- has joined with Facebook to bring Internet connections to the many Indonesians who have never had them.

The Facebook initiative -- Internet.org -- focuses on providing service to the roughly two-thirds of the world’s population that have never had access to the Internet. Indosat is the first telecom operator in Indonesia to join the initiative.

Indosat is a subsidiary of Council Lead Partner Ooredoo, a leading communications services provider serving businesses and consumers in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia.

"Internet.org connects people with a new world of information including for health, education or even simply helping football fans stay up to date with their team’s latest results. It also helps people to communicate with relatives and friends, making it easier to stay in touch," said Alexander Rusli, Indosat president, director and CEO.

Affordable for the everyday person
"Indonesia’s government has made clear targets to bring more of our nation’s people online including increasing wireless connectivity across the country while also making this connectivity affordable for the everyday person," Rusli added. "With this partnership, Indosat has taken the first step to help our industry drive this forward."

Indosat offers free of charge Internet service through the Internet.org initiative to customers who use its IM3 and Mentari prepaid phone service and Matrix, the company’s postpaid service.

In addition to Facebook access, those customers now have access to general information available on Ask.com and Wikipedia, news and sports updates, education and health information, weather and climate and information on employment and women’s issues through a variety of outlets.

"The Internet is a powerful tool for social and economic progress. When people have access to basic Internet services in areas like jobs, health and education, they can change lives and communities,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. “We’re excited to partner with Indosat to bring connectivity to more people in Indonesia through Internet.org.”

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