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Wikipedia Partners Aircel To Offer Free Access

Telecom company Aircel has partnered with Wikimedia Foundation to offer free access to Wikipedia on mobile phone to Aircel subscribers. Aircel subscribers will be able to access zero.wikipedia.com (text only) and m.wikipedia.com (mobile version) for free of cost in 17 indic languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, among others. The partnership is a part of Wikimedia Foundation's Wikipedia Zero program, which focuses on providing accessing Wikipedia to people free of cost. Wikipedia was previously looking to partner with telecom operators in the country and the partnership with Aircel seems to be the first one in the country. Telcos such as Dialog (Sri Lanka), Mobilink (Pakistan), Digi (Malaysia), among others have already brought this project to other Asian countries. Net Neutrality? This is not the first time that any telco has partnered with web services to offer free access to the service. In April 2013, RCOM inked a…

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