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Airtel & Facebook Partner to Bring Facebook’s Mobile App to Kenya


Airtel has partnered with Facebook to offer the app to its prepaid and post-paid customers in Kenya beginning later this week.

This deal is expected to give users access to a set of locally relevant basic internet services free of charge in order to make it easier for people to access the internet.

This comes just days after Facebook sealed a similar deal with Tigo in Tanzania and Airtel in Zambia.

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At the launch, Airtel Kenya CEO Mr. Adil El Youssefi said, “This partnership responds to the needs of our youthful customers who are in constant need to access the internet and keep in touch with events and activities at all times.

As part of Facebook’s app in Kenya, Airtel customers will have free access to:  AccuWeather; BBC News; BBC Swahili; BabyCenter & MAMA; BrighterMonday; Daily Nation; Ebola Information; Facebook; Facts for Life; Girl Effect; Jamii Forums; Messenger; OLX; Scholars4Dev; SuperSport; Toto Health; Wattpad; Wikipedia.

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The offer will give Airtel customers the freedom to access these basic services by visiting or downloading the app in the Google Play Store. Normal data charges will only apply when a user browses outside the set of free basic services.

Chris Daniels, Vice President of Product for at Facebook said, “Following our great success with the app in Zambia, Facebook is excited to continue its partnership with Airtel to bring the app to its customers in Kenya. We can make a big impact by making the internet accessible through this set of free basic services, which we hope will ultimately lead to more people coming online.”

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Below is a snap shot of each of the content customers are able to access from each of the sites;

  • AccuWeather – Get updated weather information
  • BBC News – Read news from around the world
  • BBC Swahili – Soma habari motomoto za dunia
  • BabyCenter & MAMA – Learn about pregnancy and children
  • BrighterMonday – Search for jobs
  • Daily Nation – Read news about Kenya
  • Ebola Information – Get information about Ebola from UNICEF
  • Facebook – Communicate with friends and family
  • Facts for Life – Find health and hygiene information
  • Girl Effect – Read articles and tips for girls
  • Jamii Forums – Discuss news, sports, politics and more
  • Messenger – Send messages to friends and family
  • OLX – Buy and sell products and services
  • Scholars4Dev – Find scholarships abroad
  • SuperSport – Get sports updates
  • Toto Health – Learn about maternal health, children’s health and childcare
  • Wattpad – Read books & stories

·         Wikipedia – Find information

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