Egypt stopped Facebook service free Internet Free Basics

Jan

1

2016

The Arab state Egypt to close the free internet access Free Basics subsidiary of Facebook, comes close Egypt to service a week after the closure of the service India has also, according to a report released today by the Associated Press.

The Basics Free service part of the Facebook initiative called Internet.org, which aims to provide Internet service free of charge to developing countries.

Free service and allows access to the Basics Facebook network and a number of useful sites such as Wikipedia by application of the same name, without any cost to the user.

It is believed some of the organizers and Internet activists that this service constitutes a clear violation of the principle of neutrality of the Internet and through the establishment of a closed loop sites give some priority over other sites.

The Facebook was held in October 2015 with a partnership to provide the Egyptian telecommunications company Etisalat Etisalat Egypt to provide internet service free of charge for users in Egypt.

The service allows users to access the Egyptians to free online access to Facebook in addition to a number of news sites and content particular for women and children healthy and content sites and services, such as sites to identify the state of the weather and find out the meanings of words, and others.

Users can phone subscribers of telecommunications companies in Egypt free access to the Internet, has been providing service to subscribers connections only, and can be any device holds the SIM card from Etisalat Egypt advantage of the free Internet service provided in collaboration between Facebook and Communications.

They are used by installing the application Free Basics by Facebook for Android phones through Google Play store, or browse through the site Freebasics.com over the phone browser.

Facebook said that the number of users of the service amounted to 3 million Egyptian user, and include those numbers million users have access to the Internet access for the first time.

Facebook said in a statement: “We are disappointed because the Basics Free services will not be available in Egypt,” the company hopes to resolve this matter soon.

It is not clear yet whether the service is stopped on the order of the Egyptian Telecommunications Regulatory Agency as it was in India, and did not contact the Egyptian company Etisalat not clarify the matter so far.

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