Monday, February 16, 2015 by Facebook - Ensuring the Global Connection of the Internet

While surfing the internet, you might have come across a website named - '' or maybe you've only seen a tweet or status update about it. If you have, that's good but if you haven't, that's even better because this post is going to explain fully, the details of the new project. is a Facebook-led initiative bringing together technology leaders, nonprofits and local communities to connect the two thirds of the world that doesn’t have internet access.

Did you know that Only 1 out of every 3 people can go online ?

There are many reasons why only 1/3 of the world is connected to the Internet and the remaining 2/3 are not connected, some of the main reasons are  - 

=> Devices are too expensive.
=> Service plans are too expensive.
=> Mobile networks are few and far between.
=> Content isn’t available in the local language.
=> People aren't sure what value the internet will bring.
=> Power sources are limited or costly.
=> Networks can’t support large amounts of data.

Internet for all

To make everyone in the world connected to the internet, all the problems listed above must be solved. How possible and easy to solve are these problems ? It's very possible but doesn't seem very easy to solve. But together we can solve these problems and remove these barriers, giving the unconnected majority of the world the power to connect. Initiative participants share tools, resources and best practices to explore solutions in three major opportunity areas: affordability, efficiency and business models.


No one should have to choose between food or medicine and access to the internet. supporters will join forces to develop technology that decreases the cost of delivering data to people worldwide, and helps expand internet access in under-served communities.


Transmitting data—even a text message or a simple web page—requires bandwidth, something that’s scarce in many parts of the world. Partners will invest in tools and software to improve data compression capabilities and make data networks and services run more efficiently.

Business Models

Connecting billions of people will be a massive global effort that requires ongoing innovation. Developers, mobile operators and device manufacturers will work together to introduce business models that give people more ways to go online.

With all the major practices (to make the internet accessible worldwide) discussed above, you can see that making the internet available to every person on the earth is a goal too large and too important for any one company, group or government to solve alone so we are all into this together. Everyone participating in has come together to meet this challenge because they believe in the power of a connected world. The main participants in the initiative include - 

=> Ericsson is a world-leading provider of communications technology and services.
=> Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.
=> MediaTek Inc. is a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions.
=> Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world.
=> Opera products enable more than 350 million internet consumers to discover and connect with the content and services that matter most to them.
=> Qualcomm is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies.
=> Samsung is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere through relentless innovation and discovery.

Now at this point, to cover it all... Here is a short video you should watch to have a better view of

With my efforts and yours, we can help make the remaining unconnected part of the world connected. To show your support in the initiative, kindly share this informative post with others and spread the word by making use of the share buttons below. What do you think about ? We'd love to hear your thoughts !

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