Connecting the planet

Last Modified: Mon Feb 01 2016 17:58:07 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 4 billion
    people, the majority of the world's population, lack access to the Internet and are excluded from the digital economy, according to a new World Bank study. Here's a look at how companies have tried to fill the void in the three countries with the lowest connectivity.
  • #1
    INDIA: Facebook’s Free Basics initiative would provide free, limited Internet access to some of the 1 billion unconnected Indians, but India suspended it amid concerns about Net neutrality.
  • #2
    CHINA: Alibaba founder Jack Ma aims to close the digital divide in China, where over 700 million lack access, through “rural e-commerce” centers that help villagers learn how to browse, sell and buy online.
  • #3
    INDONESIA: Google’s Project Loon will use hundreds of giant helium balloons floating in the stratosphere in a bid to connect the 200 million Indonesians, many on remote islands, who lack Internet access.