- Category: April 2015 - Social Media
Indosat, a member of Ooredoo Group, and Facebook have partnered to launch Internet.org in Indonesia as part of the ”Internet Tanpa Pulsa Untuk Semua” (engl. ‘Without a pulse to all”) initiative for all Indonesians.
Facebook's Internet.org aims to make the internet more accessible for all Indonesians through a set of basic services, including useful health, education, social media for communication, as well as news.
“The internet is a powerful tool for social and economic progress,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “When people have access to basic internet services in areas like jobs, health and education, they can change lives and communities. We’re excited to partner with Indosat to bring connectivity to more people in Indonesia through Internet.org.”
In Indonesia, Indosat is the first operator that provides easy access to the Internet without -“Pulsa” to all Indonesians. The internet without -“Pulsa” offer is also in line with Indosat’s Corporate Social Responsibility mission to bring the benefit of having internet access to Indonesians.
”Internet.org connects people with a new world of information, including for health, education or even simply helping football fans stay up to date with their team’s latest results. It also helps people to communicate with relatives and friends, making it easier to stay in touch. Indonesia’s government has clear targets to bring more of our nation’s people online, including increasing wireless connectivity across the country, while also making this connectivity affordable for the everyday person. With this partnership, Indosat has taken the first step to help our industry to drive this forward. As such, we encourage all Indonesians to take advantage of this fantastic and unique offer available in the market today,” Alexander Rusli, President Director and CEO of Indosat said.
Dr Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Ooredoo added, “We are delighted to be the first to work with Facebook to launch this service in Indonesia. With this partnership, once again Indosat has proved itself as a pioneer for our group. In all of the markets that we operate in we are passionate about the benefits of connectivity and are always exploring new ways to help bring more people into the digital economy. This partnership will contribute to bringing more of Indonesia’s communities online and help people to achieve their aspirations for a better tomorrow.”
Indosat provides internet access at no charge through the Internet.org services both for IM3 and Mentari (pre-paid customers) and Matrix (post-paid customers).
Customers will get easy internet access to a set of services such as:
- getting general information on Ask.com and Wikipedia;
- getting news updates on Merdeka.com and KapanLagi;
- staying updated on sports through Bola.net;
- getting education information on Kelase;
- being able to check the weather and climate through Accuweather;
- enjoying stories via Wattpad;
- checking employment opportunities on Jobstreet;
- selling items on OLX & Tokopedia;
- learning about women’s issues in sites like BabyCenter, MAMA, Girl Effect; or
- accessing health information on UNICEF’s Facts for Life.
On top of these sites, customers may enjoy the services of Facebook, which they may use to connect to loved ones and friends.
The service will be available in English and Bahasa Indonesia. Indosat customers in Indonesia can access these services via www.internet.org or by downloading Internet.org app from the Android playstore.