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Highlights from Mark’s Keynote at Mobile World Congress

Today in Barcelona, Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to GSMA’s Mobile World Congress to kick off the event with a fireside chat with journalist Jessi Hempel. Mark gave an update on Facebook’s efforts to bring internet access to the two-thirds of the world not yet connected, and was joined onstage by operator partners Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President & CEO of Telenor, Christian De Faria, CEO of Airtel Africa, and Mario Zanotti, SVP of Operations, Millicom.

Over 90% of the global offline population lives in developing countries and for the past year Facebook has worked with mobile operators to grow the number of people accessing the internet. Through the Internet.org app, more than 500 million people in six countries can now access useful health, employment and local information services without data charges.

As part of these tests, we’ve seen free basic services help get more people online while opening up new opportunities for operators.

Here are a few takeaways from our efforts over the last year:

Below are a few highlights from Mark’s remarks during the discussion:

Facebook’s role in connecting more people to the internet:

Working with operators:

The success of Internet.org to date:

On Facebook’s Connectivity Lab efforts to connect the most remote locations: