Facebook expands Internet.org basic services to everyone in India

IndiaTimes of India — Social networking giant Facebook has taken another step in expanding the reach of its Internet.org, now called Free Basics, platform in India. In a post on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “We just took another step towards connecting India. As of today, everyone in India nationwide can access free internet services for health, education, jobs and communication through Internet.org’s Free Basics app on the Reliance network.”


Facebook surpasses half billion monthly active users in Asia for first time

APACTech in Asia — Facebook revealed its Q3 earnings report overnight, showing that the social network has topped half a billion monthly active users (MAUs) in Asia for the first time. The figure now stands at 522 million. In another milestone, daily active users (DAUs) reached 300 million across Asia. That’s from Facebook’s global total of 1.545 billion MAUs, or 1.007 billion DAUs.


Facebook, BSNL to set up 100 Wi-Fi hotspots, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: US social networking major Facebook has partnered state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) to create 100 Wi-Fi hotspots in rural India to drive digital penetration in the country. Facebook is investing Rs 5 crore per annum for buying bandwidth from BSNL in this joint initiative that also includes IT infrastructure services providers such as Quad Zen and Trimax for equipment and fibre deployment, BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava told ET.


Can’t connect world without connecting India: Mark Zuckerberg

IndiaTimes of India — At his first townhall event in India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company is committed to net neutrality, but lent his support for zero-rating plans, which violate the principles of free internet. When asked if Facebook supports net neutrality, Zuckerberg said, “Absolutely. We do a lot to support net neutrality. In terms of regulation, countries are figuring out what rules they want and we are supportive of that.”


India our second-biggest market: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said India has the second biggest Facebook community. The CEO of the social networking giant was addressing a townhall gathering at IIT Delhi. Taking questions from a gathering of over 900 students and others, Zuckerberg revealed that the social networking giant has over 130 million users in the country and India is its most important market in the world. ​


Facebook continues fight for ‘free internet’ in India, hands $1.2M to local startups

IndiaTech in Asia — Facebook tried to bring “free” internet to India several months ago and was shot down for its violation of net neutrality. Internet.org was seen as the company’s way of endorsing specific sites for those who were signed up for the scheme. Essentially, critics explained, Internet.org would turn the internet into a series of subscription-based channels and the grand, utopian vision that the 21st century held for the possibilities of the world wide web would be gone.


KT to operate world’s largest submarine cable network

KoreaKT said Thursday that it has been named the key operator of the world’s largest submarine network cable, New Cross Pacific (NCP). The nation’s dominant fixed-line operator said it will run a network center to control the submarine cable which helps connect network systems in Asia-Pacific countries to the North American region. The company said it will start operation of the 14,000-kilometer-long NCP cable in December 2017.


Facebook teams up with Nasscom to mentor startups in India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Industry body Nasscom has partnered Facebook to launch a new initiative to support developers building apps and mobile websites for “new-to-internet” users. Under the ‘Leaders Building for the Next Billion Program’, Nasscom will invite developers and students through an application process.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to hold townhall in New Delhi on October 28

IndiaTimes of India — WASHINGTON: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will hold a Townhall Question and Answer session at IIT-Delhi later this month to connect with Indians, whom he described as “one of our most active and engaged communities” on the social media.


The Facebook election? Not quite yet, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times — In just a few years, the proportion of Myanmar’s population with a phone connection has risen from about 10 percent to more than 40pc. It should continue to climb strongly in the coming years as the mobile industry’s three operators battle to acquire new users by spreading infrastructure to the country’s furthest corners.


Facebook Q&A: Ko Thu Ryain Shwe, National Unity Party, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times — It only applies to the urban areas. For me, many people [online] know my ideas and that I am going to run via social media and online media. But only a few people from my constituency know that. If a candidate wants to launch a social media campaign targeting his or her own voters it is not the best way to campaign. But for the political parties, online campaigns are very effective.


WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in India: Survey

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Facebook remains the most popular social networking site in India, while WhatsApp tops the list of instant messaging (IM) apps, according to report by global research consultancy firm TNS. As per the findings of ‘Connected Life’ — a global study of the digital attitudes and behaviours of 60,500 internet users across 50 countries, 55% are on instant messaging every day.


Net neutrality: RCom bats for Internet.org

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: As a debate rages on about the net neutrality and the role of Facebook’s Internet.org platform, the social networking giant’s Indian partner for this programme Reliance Communications (RCom) said it has brought on board one million Indians to experience internet. “We piloted this for six months in seven circles. And in six months, I am happy to share with you, we brought nearly one million people to come on the internet and experience the internet,” Reliance Communications’ consumer business CEO Gurdeep Singh told the company shareholders here.


In digital push, PM Modi shouldn’t take Google, Facebook at face value

IndiaPrime Minister Narendra Modi has been praised for his salesmanship in Silicon Valley, for extracting large commitments towards Digital India from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Cisco and Qualcomm. They pledged to partner with the government, and do their bit for rural communities in India.


Team India Supports PM Modi’s Digital India Campaign

IndiaJewo City — Following the announcement, Kumar Sundaram wrote on Asia Progressive that Modi and Zuckerberg have come together to “end net neutrality in India“. While Mr Modi said India-US partnership was driven by economic ties, Mr. Obama said: “We also had a chance to talk about trade and investment”, adding that Mr. Modi is hoping that Indian Americans can contribute to India’s growth. The Internet entrepreneur and computer programmer also chose to include the Indian tricolour in his own Facebook profile picture.


PM Modi’s townhall with Mark Zuckerberg: Highlights

IndiaTimes of India — SAN JOSE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attended a townhall meeting with Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook headquarters. Before the townhall meeting, both PM Modi and Zuckerberg changed their profile pictures on the Facebook. Here are important quotes from PM Modi and Zuckerberg’s townhall event:


Facebook, Flipkart, 28 others testify against Google India

IndiaFlipkart, Facebook, Nokia’s maps division, Makemytrip.com and several other companies have corroborated complaints that the US internet giant abused its dominant market position, in their response to queries raised by the Competition Commission of India. Based on the responses from 30 businesses spanning search, social networks, e-commerce, travel and content sites, the CCI director general last week filed a report that accuses Google of abusing its dominant position to rig search outcomes, both the actual search result as well as sponsored links.


‘Facebook will help Indian developers go global’

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: With 125 million monthly active users in India, the country has become an important market for Facebook. It’s the second largest user community outside the US. Ime Archibong, the strategic partnerships director of Facebook talks to TOI about Facebook’s plans for the startup ecosystem in India through its platform FbStart, which provides free tools and services.


Facebook struggles to sell advertising in India

IndiaTimes of India — SAN FRANCISCO/MUMBAI: Facebook is trying to lure skeptical advertisers in India with features such as free email support for questions about advertising and advice on increasing sales in a bid to boost revenue from its second biggest market.  Facebook has 132 million users in India, trailing only the 193 million in the United States, according to the company, and the country is critical for the Menlo Park, California, social network’s global expansion.


Facebook India goes to users to keep Internet.org alive

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Facebook is mustering support of its users in India to defend its platform Internet.org, with just a week left for public comments on a DoT panel’s report, which says free internet services like that of the social network’s violate net neutrality principle. Facebook has started the public campaign to make a case before lawmakers for allowing free internet access platforms like Internet.org.