Making the internet affordable

Who We Are is a Facebook-led initiative bringing together technology leaders, nonprofits and local communities to connect the two thirds of the world that doesn’t have internet access.

Only 1 out of every 3 people can go online.

Why aren’t more people connected?
Devices are too expensive.
Service plans are too expensive.
Mobile networks are few and far between.
Content isn’t available in the local language.
People aren't sure what value the internet will bring.
Power sources are limited or costly.
Networks can’t support large amounts of data.
Together we can remove these barriers and give the unconnected majority of the world the power to connect.
This effort takes all of us.
Initiative participants share tools, resources and best practices to explore solutions in three major opportunity areas: affordability, efficiency and business models.
No one should have to choose between food or medicine and access to the supporters will join forces to develop technology that decreases the cost of delivering data to people worldwide, and helps expand internet access in under-served communities.
Transmitting data—even a text message or a simple web page—requires bandwidth, something that’s scarce in many parts of the world.Partners will invest in tools and software to improve data compression capabilities and make data networks and services run more efficiently.
Business Models
Connecting billions of people will be a massive global effort that requires ongoing innovation.Developers, mobile operators and device manufacturers will work together to introduce business models that give people more ways to go online.
We’re in this together.
Making the internet available to every person on earth is a goal too large and too important for any one company, group or government to solve alone. Everyone participating in has come together to meet this challenge because they believe in the power of a connected world.
Ericsson is a world-leading provider of communications technology and services.
MediaTek Inc. is a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions.
Opera products enable more than 350 million internet consumers to discover and connect with the content and services that matter most to them.
Samsung is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere through relentless innovation and discovery.
Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.
Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world.
Qualcomm is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies.