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  • Trai shifts deadline for comments on net neutrality to March 15 Feb 14, 2017 10:00 PM IST

    Trai shifts deadline for comments on net neutrality to March 15

    Telecom regulator TRAI today extended the last date for comments on the contentious Net neutrality by a month to March 15.

  • Free Basics helped one dominant player: Vodafone CEO Feb 23, 2016 10:46 AM IST

    Free Basics helped one dominant player: Vodafone CEO

    The social network's zero-rated plan, in partnership with telecom operator Reliance Communications in India, offered free access to basic Internet services through select partner websites.

  • Disappointed: Zuckerberg on net neutrality Feb 09, 2016 04:42 PM IST

    Disappointed: Zuckerberg on net neutrality

    However, he has said he will not give up on breaking down connectivity barriers in India which he described as an important goal for his company

  • Disappointed over TRAI's decision but won't give up: Zuckerberg Feb 09, 2016 05:00 AM IST

    Disappointed over TRAI's decision but won't give up: Zuckerberg

    Backing Net neutrality, telecom watchdog TRAI yesterday barred operators from charging different rates for Internet access based on content, dealing a blow to Facebook's controversial Free Basics and other such plans.

  • Facebook attempts to garner support for Free Basics Dec 18, 2015 01:19 PM IST

    Facebook attempts to garner support for Free Basics

    The campaign appears as a notification on one's Facebook page, more so after a 'Friend' has signed a pre-filled form and sent the email to the TRAI.

  • Differential data pricing: Trai floats consultation paper Dec 09, 2015 08:24 PM IST

    Differential data pricing: Trai floats consultation paper

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said some plans introduced in the recent past amount to differential tariff plans that offer zero or discounted tariffs to certain content of select websites or applications or platforms.

  • Facebook takes Free Basics pan-India with RCom Nov 24, 2015 07:00 PM IST

    Facebook takes Free Basics pan-India with RCom

    Earlier called 'Internet.org', Facebook had launched the initiative in India with RCom to offer free access to about 32 apps and websites in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Goa. The number of such free apps and websites has now been increased to over 80.

  • We brought 1 mn people to web through Internet.org: R Com Sep 30, 2015 08:42 PM IST

    We brought 1 mn people to web through Internet.org: R Com

    The global programme claims to be working towards getting people in developing countries like India on to the internet for free through tie-ups with telcom operators.

  • It is key to get Net neutrality debate right in India: FB Sep 29, 2015 12:04 PM IST

    It is key to get Net neutrality debate right in India: FB

    The US-based company faced severe criticism over alleged violation of Net neutrality by Internet.org even as Facebook has continued to defend the initiative that offers free access to basic Internet services to consumers. India has over 8 lakh users under the Internet.org initiative.

  • Airtel to widen Facebook's free Internet imprint in Africa Aug 21, 2015 06:30 PM IST

    Airtel to widen Facebook's free Internet imprint in Africa

    Airtel was the first operator to launch this service in Zambia and later expanded it to three more African countries. It did not comment on a query sent in this regard. Through internet.org, mobile users can access websites available on the platform for free.

  • Facebook struggles to sell advertising in India Aug 12, 2015 11:26 AM IST

    Facebook struggles to sell advertising in India

    Facebook has 132 million users in India, trailing only the 193 million in the United States, according to the company, and the country is critical for the Menlo Park, California, social network's global expansion

  • Facebook gives benefits worth $20 mn to Indian developers Aug 11, 2015 03:41 PM IST

    Facebook gives benefits worth $20 mn to Indian developers

    Under its FbStart initiative that was started last year, the US-based firm has provided free tools and services worth USD 50 million to help developers in the Asia Pacific region.

  • New Trai Chairman to take charge on Monday Aug 06, 2015 09:04 PM IST

    New Trai Chairman to take charge on Monday

    A 1978 batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre, Sharma is serving as Secretary of Department of Electronics and IT and has been selected as new chairman of the Trai for three years. He succeeds Rahul Khullar who retired on May 14.

  • FB says drone ready for real-world testing later this year Jul 31, 2015 10:03 AM IST

    FB says drone ready for real-world testing later this year

    Facebook Inc announced on Thursday it has completed building its first full-scale drone, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 and will provide Internet access to the most remote parts of the world.

  • Facebook eyes 4.5 bn users with Internet.org Jul 29, 2015 07:56 AM IST

    Facebook eyes 4.5 bn users with Internet.org

    Facebook's project to spread Internet access to the developing world isn't just getting older - it's also targeting new telecommunications partners in hopes of connecting more people to the Web.

  • FB to scale up free mobile Internet service to boost usage Jul 27, 2015 02:57 PM IST

    FB to scale up free mobile Internet service to boost usage

    In a blog post released to mark the first year of the initiative, Facebook said it will open a portal allowing any mobile operator to offer the service under its Internet.org platform. Facebook currently partners with specific operators to launch the service in different countries.

  • 5 things you need to know about DoT's Net Neutrality recos Jul 17, 2015 12:50 PM IST

    5 things you need to know about DoT's Net Neutrality recos

    The panel, led by Advisor for Technology A K Bhargava, has emphasised a consumer's right to Net Neutrality.

  • Facebook building massive wind-powered data centre in Texas Jul 08, 2015 07:09 PM IST

    Facebook building massive wind-powered data centre in Texas

    Facebook announced on Tuesday that "construction is going on and consists of three 250,000-sq ft buildings across the 111-acre site".

  • DoT panel against Internet.org; ok with Airtel Zero Jul 05, 2015 02:55 PM IST

    DoT panel against Internet.org; ok with Airtel Zero

    A DoT panel on net neutrality is learnt to have opposed projects like Facebook's Internet.org, which allow access to certain websites without mobile data charges, while suggesting that similar plans such as Airtel Zero be allowed with prior clearance from Trai.

  • FB working on delivering high speed Internet through drones Jul 03, 2015 11:11 AM IST

    FB working on delivering high speed Internet through drones

    "Our Connectivity Lab is developing a laser communications system that can beam data from the sky into communities. This will dramatically increase the speed of sending data over long distances," Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg today said on his social media page.

  • Facebook Lite app launched to tap emerging markets Jun 06, 2015 04:23 PM IST

    Facebook Lite app launched to tap emerging markets

    The social media giant confirmed to CNBC that it was testing the Android app in January, and was now rolling it out across countries in Asia, followed by parts of Latin America, Africa and Europe.

  • Facebook rolls out new Android app for emerging markets Jun 05, 2015 09:14 AM IST

    Facebook rolls out new Android app for emerging markets

    The app, called Facebook Lite, is available in countries across Asia and will soon make its way to parts of Latin America, Africa and Europe, Vijay Shankar, product manager for Facebook Lite, said in an interview.

  • Facebook launches open Internet.org platform in India May 04, 2015 01:32 PM IST

    Facebook launches open Internet.org platform in India

    Amidst the net neutrality debate, Facebook launches Internet.org platform which offers free access to basic internet services on mobile phones, as well as access to Facebook's own social network and messaging services.

  • Assocham wants ‘Indian‘ version for net neutrality Apr 27, 2015 05:17 PM IST

    Assocham wants ‘Indian‘ version for net neutrality

    Assocham said it supports a "special type" of net neutrality and wants TRAI to frame rules that support investments and policy objectives of the country.

  • Net neutrality: Here's what telcos are now looking for Apr 24, 2015 05:33 PM IST

    Net neutrality: Here's what telcos are now looking for

    In the press conference held Friday, telecom service providers said they do not want all applications to be brought under a licensing regime.

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