Facebook formally launches its limited-free internet service in Pakistan

Published: May 28, 2015


PHOTO: AFP Internet.org is a global initiative by Facebook where selected websites are made available to users for free.

Facebook finally launched its free but limited internet facility “internet.org” in Pakistan in, making it the 11th country to have this service.

In a Facebook post on Thursday Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that “Internet.org is now live in Pakistan for people on the Telenor Pakistan network.”

“Now, people will be able to access valuable services for free, including resources for health, jobs, local news and communication.”

He also claimed that nearly 1 billion people around the world will be able to access basic internet facility through this internet programme.

Internet.org is a global initiative by Facebook where selected websites are made available to users for free. It has been developed with the basic aim at developing markets where devices and data rates are beyond the reach of commoners.

Read: Facebook to bring its internet.org free-limited access to Pakistan?

The social media giant, after partnering with different telecom companies and content providers, would make certain selected websites available free of cost to their consumers.

The internet.org programme, however, has been criticised by the internet activists for its partiality and violation of net neutrality as only certain sites, including Facebook, while charging for rest of the sites. They also claim that the programme is either intentionally or unintentionally “killing the rest of internet” as only selected content on the internet will be promoted, which can be dangerous in the long run since not everyone can become part of the program.

Though any publisher can apply to become part of internet.org program, but not everyone’s application is accepted as they have to follow certain rules/guidelines which might even mean compromising on the quality of their content.

According to a market research by GfK, there are over 30 million Internet users and 15 million smartphone users in Pakistan. The recent statistics showed a staggering growth in Internet use of over 550 per cent between September 2014 and April of this year, with the total number of 3G subscribers crossing 11 million. The research also predicted the Pakistan’s tech device market to grow by 15 per cent in 2015.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • usman786
    May 28, 2015 - 10:28PM

    Thanks Mark unless it effects our religious values. Some pron is okRecommend

  • Dhinka Chiia
    May 28, 2015 - 11:26PM

    I still didn’t get this, how to use this program to access Internet?Recommend

  • Geovani
    May 28, 2015 - 11:50PM

    I would say thanks if I didn’t know any better. Zuckerberg has ulterior motivations for doing this. In the long term it is about profit. Go look it up.Recommend

  • May 28, 2015 - 11:59PM

    you can have access to internet.org by using telenor Recommend

  • May 29, 2015 - 12:00AM


  • May 29, 2015 - 12:53AM

    What about Charges by TELENOR????so where is the “FREE” Factor.Recommend

  • Shakil
    May 29, 2015 - 2:16AM

    very good move indeed. people who are wondering how to use it need to use Telenor mobile network to access this free internet service.Recommend

  • amir
    May 29, 2015 - 3:22AM

    We need You-Tube more than facebook. Telenor pls get to itRecommend

  • salman
    May 29, 2015 - 4:20AM

    Can’t he find a better picture ?Recommend

  • Vegetable Man
    May 29, 2015 - 7:00AM

    “Facebook finally launched its free but limited internet facility “internet.org” in Pakistan in”

    PTCL has already launched a limited internet facility… considering half the websites in this world are blocked for political or religious reasons…. Recommend

  • Qamar
    May 29, 2015 - 8:07AM

    There is no free facebook on Telenor network. These telecom companies are just looting. They charging lot of money but service is very poor.Recommend

  • Settled Pakistani
    May 29, 2015 - 9:04AM

    Thanks mahajir for your opinion and thanks for your visit to Pakistan.

    See now is your time to go back!Recommend

  • caricature
    May 29, 2015 - 9:20AM

    Data mining for free now, oh please! Instead, kick the facebook and the likes out. They are nothing but the tools to manipulate events and the masses.Recommend

  • Hamza
    May 29, 2015 - 10:09AM

    Naive Pakistani people will hail this and won’t see the negative outcomes of it like mass manipulation and brain wash. Profit generating sheep.Recommend

  • May 29, 2015 - 12:24PM

    ET please correct the spelling, its Internet NOT ‘Iterent’.Recommend

  • Rayan
    May 29, 2015 - 1:37PM

    Wow! Didn’t know Internet service can be free. Well done Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook!Recommend

  • Rayan
    May 29, 2015 - 1:47PM

    Stop complaining all the time. Facebook deserves thanks for bringing internet to the poor. Recommend

  • May 30, 2015 - 12:55AM

    Agree with Mahajir bhai…telenor waley to FREE Facebook k naam pe bhi paise batorty hain…0 balance hoto FB bhi band hojata haiRecommend

  • kam
    May 31, 2015 - 2:35AM

    another mass surveillance toolRecommend

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