“Internet.org, the Facebook unit that runs the Free Basics service, will instead try to work with Indian telecommunications carriers on its Telco Infra Project”, Zuckerberg said. That project, announced earlier in the day, seeks to duplicate the success of its Open Compute project in the telco arena.
Telco Infra will see Facebook and partners work on the development of new technologies to reduce the price and complexity of telecommunications networks and then publish those technologies so others can benefit.
The hope is the work will lead the cheaper network infrastructure gear, so it will be more economical to expand Internet access to places where it’s too expensive at present, Zuckerberg said.
“We’ll get more coverage so more folks will get access to the Internet who didn’t previously,” he said. “If we can work with different operators and different parts of the government there, we’re going to want to keep doing that. This is something we’re deeply committed to.”