Telecommunications firm, Orange recently struck a deal with Wikipedia to make the encyclopedia available free of data charges to users in Africa and the Middle East, the Guardian U.K. reports.
According to Sue Gardner, a Senior Director at Wikipedia, “Wikipedia is an important service, a public good, and so we want people to be able to access it for free, regardless of what device they’re using,” said Sue Gardner, a senior director at Wikipedia. “This partnership with Orange will enable millions of people to read Wikipedia who previously couldn’t.”
Other telecoms operators are expected to follow suit.
“In countries where access to information is not always readily available, we are making it simple and easy for our customers to use the world’s most comprehensive online encyclopaedia,” said Marc Rennard, group executive vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Orange.