Alibaba in talks with telecom firms to provide free internet in India

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Alibaba in talks with telecom firms to provide free internet in India

Chinese Internet giant Alibaba is looking to try its hands on providing free Internet in India. According to the latest reports, the company is in talks with telecom operators as well as Wi-Fi providers to offer free Internet services in the country.

Jack Huang, President of Overseas Business, Alibaba Mobile Business, said that the company is trying to offer lower cost data to users and better connectivity, even free of cost connectivity. Alibaba is still working on the plans around its free Internet service in India and is in talks with potential partners.

It’s worth mentioning that Alibaba isn’t the first to work on providing free Internet in the country as Facebook earlier launched its Internet.org and Free Basic projects with similar aims. However, both of Facebook’s initiatives met with heavy backlash in India from net-neutrality advocates, who claimed that Free Basics only allowed access to selected websites thus violating the principle that the entire Internet should be available to everyone on equal terms.

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