In attempt to end India’s poor connectivity problem, Facebook is tying up with entrepreneurs to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in public places across the country. It’s being called ‘Express Wi-Fi’, the project will provide internet connectivity to people in zero connectivity areas.
Called Express WiFi, the new programme, which is a follow up of the banned Free Basics platform, ties up with entrepreneurs to help them set up public WiFi hotspots and helping them provide internet to a lot of citizens in poor or no connectivity areas — the “intent” behind Free Basics platform.
Micro-blogging site Twitter on Thursday released Twitter Lite — a much lighter version of its platform on a web based service in India first. After the turbulence of 2016, Twitter is expecting a smoother year ahead, with the micro-blogging firm expecting big gains in India, one of its fastest growing markets, say its top executives. They would add many more users through Twitter Lite, launched on Thursday keeping in mind areas where connectivity was poor, Twitter’s Southeast Asia and India managing director Maya Hari and Twitter Southeast Asia business development director Arvinder Gujral said.
Is Facebook Inc. facing an identity crisis? What else could explain why the social networking company launched a stand-alone app for teenagers which does not require a Facebook account. The app called Lifestage is for those under 21, created by a 19-year-old product manager.
It is a Monday afternoon in early July. Kumar and his friends, who work at an eating joint in Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park area, have just finished their afternoon chores. Kumar’s friends huddle around him, though the centre of their attraction, Kumar’s mobile phone, is not connected to the internet at the moment. Turns out Kumar is playing a video he had downloaded the previous night from YouTube, Google’s video sharing and streaming service.
Telecom service providers and net neutrality activists stuck to their stands at an open session hosted by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on differential pricing on Thursday.
The debate has entered its final stage with Trai giving parties until Monday evening to send in additional comments.
On a cold Thursday afternoon, arguments and counter arguments on Net Neutrality and Facebook’s ‘Free Basic’ could well heat up the Lakshmipat Singhania Auditorium in the Capital. It is here that the telecom regulator’s open house is scheduled to discuss ‘differential prices for data services’, with telecom operators, the regulator and consumers in full attendance.
Three years after it launched in India, Tinder has chosen to set up its first international office in Delhi. The social app hopes to make India—which currently does not feature among its top five geographies—as one of its “core markets,” founder and CEO Sean Rad said in a statement.
Three years after it launched in India, Tinder has chosen to set up its first international office in Delhi. The social app hopes to make India – which currently does not feature among its top five geographies – as one of its “core markets,” founder and CEO Sean Rad said in a statement.