Grameenphone, Facebook launch Free Basics
Tribune Online Report

Private mobile phone operator Grameenphone has partnered with Facebook in launching Facebook Free Basics for its users in Bangladesh.

The partnership will enable more people to come online and use basic internet services for free, said a Grameenphone press release issued on Wednesday.

Free Basics by Facebook provides people with useful internet services on their mobile phones for free.

The websites are available without data charges, and include content on things like news, employment, health, education and local information, Grameenphone said in a statement.

Easynet by Grameenphone is a pioneering internet service for the Bangladeshi people. It is a one-stop solution for non-internet users to learn about the internet, try free utilities such as Facebook and Wikipedia, among others, and buy internet packs and content.

Since its launch in August 2015, Easynet has attracted around 1.5 million internet users who were previously not using the internet.

As a result of this partnership, Grameenphone users will be able to take full advantage of Facebook’s Free Basics service, which will allow them to establish an initial connection with the information superhighway for free.

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