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Digicel rolls out free access to Wikipedia in Jamaica



Digicel Jamaica | 2015-01-06 00:00:00

Digicel has today launched free access to Wikipedia on its mobile network in Jamaica as part of the roll out of the complimentary service across 31 markets.

As a result of a partnership with Wikimedia, Digicel customers don’t have to subscribe to a data plan nor will they incur charges to browse the largest collection of free knowledge ever assembled.

Currently an estimated 400 million mobile subscribers have free access to Wikipedia, thanks to 41 operators in 34 countries who have already joined Wikipedia Zero. Digicel Haiti customers were the first to benefit from this latest partnership.

“With the recent expansion of our 4G data network, which now covers 92 per cent of our population, and the growing number of users who have smartphones, mobile phones are now an essential part of education and learning,” said Barry O’Brien, CEO of Digicel Jamaica. “As such, we are delighted to be bringing Wikipedia’s knowledge base to our customers at no charge,”

Wikipedia is a collaborative creation by volunteer editors from all over the world. Across its more than 280 language versions Wikipedia contains more than 33.5 million articles, attracting nearly half a billion unique visitors every month and more than 20 billion monthly page views. Every month roughly 70,000 people actively edit Wikipedia.

“We are committed to ensuring that people not only have access to the knowledge on Wikipedia without barriers on mobile phones with no data charges, but that they can become knowledge creators themselves, and build strong communities of the future. We are therefore very excited about the collaboration with Digicel where the potential to open up the knowledge on Wikipedia to new audiences is immense, and the impact in communities such as Haiti could be transformative.” said Carolynne Schloeder, Head of Global Partnerships with the Wikimedia Foundation.

Wikipedia Zero is available via a free app downloadable in the Google Play store, the iTunes store, or at www.wikipedia.org 


 




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