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Alibaba's UCWeb takes part in Facebook's Internet.org initiative in India

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February 11, 2015 | COMMENTS ( 0 )

Alibaba\'s UCWeb takes part in Facebook\'s Internet.org initiative in India

UCWeb, an Alibaba Group company, announced today that it has taken part in the Facebook-led Internet.org initiative by launching the UC Browser for Internet.org, a special version of its flagship UC Browser that gives Reliance subscribers in India free access to a group of mobile websites including Facebook and others at no data charges. This is the first time Internet.org has launched in India, in an aim to make the Internet more accessible and more affordable to local users.

As part of the effort, Reliance subscribers in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala will now have access to more than 30 websites and services ranging from maternal health, education, news, sports, jobs, communication, to local information.

"We are honored to be part of the Internet.org program and to be able to bring critical information to our users without data charges. Giving people free access to those information could substantially increase the rate of Internet adoption as well as enable people to stay informed about and connected with the world," says Kenny Ye, Managing Director, UCWeb India.

Internet.org is a Facebook-led initiative with the goal of making affordable internet access available to two thirds of the world who are not yet connected and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected third of the world has today. The goal of Internet.org echoes with UC Browser's commitment to help billions of users around the world to enjoy mobile Internet services.

Since its inception in 2004, UCWeb's mission has been to provide better mobile Internet experience to people around the world. The flagship product of UCWeb, UC Browser, is available on more than 3,000 different models of mobile devices from over 200 manufacturers, and is compatible with all mainstream operating systems.

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