Facebook Inc. has again featured a new deal that its huge fan following would love to be a part of but not telecom companies – the feature of free calling. However, while speaking about this feature, Facebook’s C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg, has assured the telecom operators across the globe that Facebook Inc. and its services are not a threat to the world’s telecom service providers and the telecom sector still remain the primary entities in the industry with their services helping distant corners of the globe in having access to internet, world communication and education.
Mark Zuckerberg stated this to soften the anger of telecom providers who are not happy with Facebook Inc’s new project called the “internet.org” project. This project is expected to provide healthcare facilities, free access to internet, improved education facilities, and free messaging services to the masses in under developed or developing countries in Asia and Africa.
A recent article published by The Wire has reported that many telecom operators feel that the new project planned by Facebook Inc under the name internet.org will destroy their business. People in under developed and developing countries pay telecom providers to access services such as, messaging, calling and access to the internet. If Facebook Inc starts providing these services for free, to a big part of the third world, it would mean a big blow to the telecom sector or even the end of the telecom industry in these regions.
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is however not sailing against the wind because he knows the kind of strength the monopoly of telecom players exudes in third world. Zuckerberg has also accepted the fact that telecom companies should be the only ones who deserve the credit for installing all the telecom infrastructure in the third world, without which it would not have been possible for a social networking site like Facebook to even reach the masses.