An Empty Gift? Free Wikipedia Access for Orange Kenya and Uganda Subscribers
September 1, 2012 Editor 0
Now any subscriber with an Orange Kenya or Orange Uganda SIM will be able to access Wikipedia through their mobile phone browser without data charges, according to The Star. While I think this is a much better use of free access than Facebook Zero, I am wondering how beneficial this gesture will be to African users for 3 reasons:
- As we noted before, there are more Wikipedia articles written about Antarctica than all but one of the fifty-three countries in Africa.
- The Kiswahili Wikipedia only has 24,135 articles for the 60 million East Africans who speak it.
- These stats are not without efforts to promote article creation in Kiswahili and on African topics of interest.
So I applaud Orange for creating the “Free Wikipedia” experience for its 70 million subscribers in Africa and the Middle East, I just wish there was more for them to look at.
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