Facebook founder says he would “love” to work more closely with Google to connect the developing world to the internet
Facebook would ‘love’ to work with Google to bring internet access to the developing world, Mark Zuckerberg has said.
The Facebook founder and chief executive was joined by representatives from mobile operators Telenor, Airtel Africa and Millicomm during his keynote speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, discussing the importance of connecting countries with little or no internet access.
Facebook launched its Internet.org project, which provides individuals and businesses with affordable access in 2013. When asked if the initiative would consider working with Google’s Project Loon, which uses high altitude balloons to create aerial wireless networks, Zuckerberg said he would “love” the opportunity to work more closely with the search engine giant.
“When we launched the Internet.org app in Zambia with our operator partner there, one of the apps we launched with was Google Search, because search is an important product and piece of funcionality people around the world want,” he said.
“I would love to do more with them, and Sundar [Pichai, senior Vice President of Google] talked about their apps being more in partnership with Internet.org.”
The two technology giants are locked in fierce competition over the monetisation of online adverts, and both have faced criticism over their handling of user data.
Zuckerberg added he had travelled to many of the countries the project aims to help, including India and Indonesia, in the past year in a bid to speak to real people who have fought to access the internet.
“I don’t travel so much, so this has been an interesting year,” he said. “The thing that’s so striking to me is the lengths people will go to to get connectivity.”
This article was written by Rhiannon Williams in Barcelona from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.