Uninor, ealier this month announced limited-time free access to Wikipedia for its mobile data subscribers in India through a partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation. The free access to Wikipedia will be available for three months starting April 1, 2015. The initiative which is part of the ongoing efforts of Uninor to fulfill its 'Internet for All' ambition, brings access to a collection of free knowledge from Wikipedia to mobile users even when they can’t afford the cost of data charges.
As part of the programme, Uninor said that the company's employees will engage with students and teachers to spread awareness on digital literacy with special focus on Wikipedia in the rural areas.
Uninor, a fully owned subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group plans to have 50% of its users on Internet by 2017. Last year, Uninor introduced service-based plans for Facebook and WhatsApp for its subscribers - Facebook at Rs 0.5 per hour and Rs. 1 for a day of WhatsApp.
The free Wikipedia access to subscribers in India follows the group's similar initiative which was started in 2012 across its footprint in Asia and Eastern Europe including Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Montenegro.