Cellcom Liberia Inc, announced at Mamba Point Hotel yesterday their exclusive collaboration in Liberia with Facebook to bring emergency internet access of key websites to their customers in Liberian through ‘Free Basics’ which is part of the internet.org social responsibility initiative by Facebook.
In the presence of top government dignitaries including, Minister of Information Lewis Brown, Minister of Gender, Children & Social Protection Julia Duncan-Cassell, Minister of Youth & Sports Eugene Nagbe, Minister of Health Dr. Bernice Dahn, the Deputy Minister of Education Mr. Aagon Tingba, President of the Liberia Football Association Mr. Musa Bility, UNICEF Liberia’s Communications Manager Mr. Rukshan Ratman, Cellcom unveiled their ‘Cellcom’s Free Basics Campaign’ whereby their customers can, with immediate effect by dialing *777#, have emergency access to international news, sports, health, education, social networking and agriculture websites without using their data package.
In 2012, when pioneering the internet revolution in Liberia with the advent of 4G internet service, Cellcom made a commitment to Liberians to increase their accessibility and affordability of the internet throughout the country.
In launching this partnership with Facebook, Cellcom is giving access to the internet to their customers even if they have no data package or credit on their phones with Cellcom SIMs, officials said.
“Cellcom is proudly doing its part to bring Liberians closer to the world by being the 7th in Africa and 18th in the world that Free Basics through Facebook’s internet.org has granted the rights to their platform,” officials said.
Like in those other select countries, in Liberia only Cellcom users will have free access to Facebook (Data) and Facebook Messenger, as well as an additional 30+ varied websites such as bbc.com, superports.com, wikipedia.com and ask.com.
In sync with Cellcom’s widest 4G network reach, including those in the rural areas, this commendable initiative will give, for example, a young student in Voinjama access to dictionary.com to help with her homework, a farmer in Kakata access to tambero.com for agriculture information, a doctor in Tappita access to malarianomore.org as well as UNICEFs Ebola information, the teacher in Paynesville access to thousands of books and the expectant mother in Edina access to pregnancy information on babycenter.com , just to name a few examples.
As a tireless champion for the use of technology to benefit Liberians, Cellcom is aware that there are some people who have never had the opportunity to even use the internet in order to know the limitless font of knowledge it can bring to improve their lives, connect their communities and expand their knowledge of the world, officials said.
During the program, Cellcom CEO Mr. Avishai Marziano said that “Connectivity is a human right. With ‘Free Basics’, we are not just helping people that don’t have access to the Internet, but we are really improving the country”. Effective immediately, Cellcom users in Liberia can make use of this exclusive international partnership to make sure that they are not left behind on the global stage.