In a bid to promote free Internet access to all, Uninor has announced that it will be providing free Wikipedia access to all its Internet subscribers. This is done with the intention to give access to information to everyone, even to those who cannot afford it. Also Read - Google Maps to soon start showing COVID-19 outbreak in local areas
Times of India reports that this is a strategic initiative as part of its ‘Internet for All’ campaign. The free access to Wikipedia will be available for three months starting April 1. Uninor employees will travel to rural areas to tap its customers and make them aware of these free services. Also Read - Trai imposes Rs 56 lakh penalty on telcos for call drop in first half of 2018
Uninor staff will also engage with students and teachers to spread awareness on digital literacy. With the introduction of free Wikipedia and other such services, Uninor aims to have 50 percent of its users on the Internet by 2017. Also Read - Bharti Airtel India reports loss of Rs 940 crore in first quarter
VivekSood, CEO, Telewings Communications Services Pvt Ltd, Uninor told the publication, “By giving free access to Wikipedia, Uninor will be able to put this repository of knowledge in the hands of the masses and empower the society. The partnership will unleash the true potential of the Internet by giving access to unlimited information to our Internet users.”
India is not the first place to get free Wikipedia access though. Telenor, the company whose Uninor is a subsidiary, has launched the similar initiative in Thailand Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar and Montenegro since 2012.