Wikipedia Zero on DiGi

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012 – 16:48

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Other mentions: Wikimedia (link / PDF), The Next Web (link / PDF)

Making knowledge more accessible to everyone without any data charges

SHAH ALAM: Customers of DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd are the first in Malaysia to enjoy free mobile surfing when accessing Wikipedia Zero — an ultra lightweight site with text-only content to provide faster mobile browsing experience — on the DiGiLive Zero portal.

This latest initiative to drive relevant mobile content among Malaysians is a result of a global partnership between Telenor Group and Wikimedia Foundation announced on Feb 28 this year.

With access via the Opera Mini browser, customers can surf the contents of Wikipedia Zero without any data charges until further notice, said DiGi Internet and services head Praveen Rajan.

The DiGi-Opera Mini browser has a unique compression technology that gives users up to 90% faster surfing experience — enabling customers, including non-smartphone users, to enjoy the full mobile Internet experience at a faster and more affordable way.

“We applaud the Wikimedia Foundation to make information freely available on the Internet and on mobile platforms. We share their goal of making knowledge more accessible to everyone.

“With Wikipedia Zero available in hundreds of languages including Malay, Chinese and Tamil, DiGi is now able to reach out to more communities who prefer to read in their native language.”

This initiative is part of the Wikimedia Foundation’s mobile strategy, which focuses on reaching the billions of people around the world whose primary opportunity to access the Internet is via a mobile device.

The foundation aims to remove barriers to accessing free knowledge, of which cost and accessibility are two of the biggest.

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