Aircel and the Wikimedia Foundation today announced a partnership to offer Wikipedia on mobile phones without any data charges to Aircel customers.
This partnership is part of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Zeroprogram, which focuses on reaching the billions of people around the world whose primary opportunity to access the internet is via a mobile device. This partnership between Aircel and the Wikimedia Foundation will help provide Wikipedia to 60 million new users in the region.â€
Anupam Vasudev, chief marketing officer for Aircel, said, “Through our alliance with the Wikimedia Foundation, Aircel is not only making internet services reach a wider audience, but also help encourage and enrich the lives of our customers by offering access to knowledge and information free of cost. We are excited about this partnership and hope this initiative will benefit all our customers from various age groups.”
“With the partnership, we extend our program to India where we potentially reach millions of people for the first time,” said Kul Takanao Wadhwa, head of mobile with the Wikimedia Foundation.
Aircel customers will be able to access versions of Wikipedia in English, Hindi, Tamil, and 17 other Indic languages.