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Facebook to launch low-cost Wi-Fi service in India

NEW DELHI: Social networking site Facebook has remained defiant about its free internet initiative and said it is looking at innovative ways to provide connectivity in the country. Facebook vice president for mobile and global access policy Kevin Martin said at the India Economic Convention 2015 that the social-networking giant is planning to launch a special Wi-Fi service in India which would aid in subsidizing the cost of accessing internet.

"We are rolling out a kind of Wi-Fi service at a lower cost which is trying to adjust cost issue in other countries and looking out to do that in India," Martin said at the convention. Martin added that Facebook's internet service would come without advertisement and videos, thereby consuming lesser bandwidth and benefiting users.

He added that Facebook's connectivity lab has been working with drones and unmanned aerial vehicles to lower the cost of service to people. Martin also reiterated that the social networking giant supports the concept of net neutrality and initiative is to enable people to realize the importance of internet by providing access to basic web service free of data cost.


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