Wikimedia Foundation and Telenor Group signed an agreement on February 28, 2012, according to which Telenor customers will be able to browse Wikipedia.com for free throughout Southeastern Europe and Asia. Working out all the sensory systems and technical modalities is going to take some time to make it available to users. It is said that it would be done by the end of April 2012.
Customers will be able to visit Wikipedia.com from their cell phones using any application or internet browser as abounding times as they want without any charges, i.e. no charges at all for data traffic. However, this is applicable as long as you are on Wikipedia.com. All external links on Wikipedia and other web pages will be charged as per accepted tariff.
Serbia, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand and Montenegro are the seven countries which have signed the agreement, valid for 3 years. More countries are expected to join by the end of this year. Telenor issues that this partnership will cover over 135 million users around the world who prefer to access the source of knowledge via a mobile device.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Wikimedia Foundation. Telenor have pioneered affordable, mobile communication across most of Asia, and we have built a track record of offering vital services with a significant outreach” says Kristin Skogen Lund, Executive Vice President and Head of Digital Services at Teenor Group. “With this agreement, we are first in Asia to bring a vast knowledge source to the million in underserved communities across the region”. This agreement has made Telenor Group able to provide handy and useful source of information and knowledge to its customers. With the I-Genius project 300,000 Bangladeshi students can now explore the knowledge on internet free of cost. This affiliation supports Telenor to provide Value-added services to all the rural and under served communities of Asia.
When the offer get valid?
We have asked Telenor Pakistan to give us a definitive date regarding the implementation of this project, for which we are awaiting their reply.
Wikimedia Chief Global Development Officer Baary Newstead says that the Foundation is working to remove barriers to free knowledge, and for most people around the world right now, cost and accessibility are the two biggest hurdles. We applaud Telenor for joining us to deliver free access to Wikipedia for their customers. Through this partnership, we move a step closer to providing the sum of all knowledge to everyone in the world’.
This agreement is going to be a game changing move in IT world of Pakistan. Once the deal is finalized, as it is going to take some weeks for the implementation of this partnership, it is expected that it would attract more users to Telenor.