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Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring the internet to billions more people
There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy -- Mark Zuckerberg.
To make this goal a reality Internet.org will focus on three key areas which will make the internet more accessible in developing countries. First, internet access needs to be affordable; second, the amount of data sent and received needs to be reduced; and thirdly, new sustainable business models need to be explored that make it easier for people to access the internet.
To make internet access more affordable, Internet.org will work to develop cheaper technologies for mobile internet access. Working together with mobile operators one initial idea the group has is to develop lower-cost (but yet higher quality) smartphones. Considering its open source nature Android will likely have a key role.
Global Internet and social media access represent the biggest shift since the industrial revolution, and we want to make it all-inclusive -- MK Tsai, Chairman of MediaTek.
On the business side, the new initiative will work with network operators and device manufacturers to find new business models to fund the development and deployment of data enabled mobile services. If successful the operators will be able to provide more affordable internet access. What shape these new business models will take is yet to be announced.