Well, we already know that Facebook already tried to offer its users with free internet. Now it is the time for Alibaba. Alibaba meets with major telecom service providers in India to provide free internet service. The company is also contacting the Wi-Fi providers for offering free internet service.
The Chinese company is thinking to provide the free internet service in those states in India that have a connectivity issue.
Jack Huang said, [quotes quotes_style=”bquotes” quotes_pos=”center”]We actually think in a geographic way because in India not every state is suffering from connectivity problem, so we will focus more on providing this kind of services to states that are suffering more and also we will have comprehensive analysis on already existing consumers who will actually need this sort of service.[/quotes]
Alibaba might face the same issue of Net Neutrality
Now, in such a situation, our readers need to know that when Facebook launched Internet.org, it had to face extreme opposition. Facebook also launched Free Basic Projects with similar aims, but that too faced a severe backlash from the “net neutrality” advocates. They claimed that Free Basics solely allowed access to few websites. Thus, it violates the principle that claims, the internet should be accessible to anyone and everyone on an equal basis. So right now we cannot say that Alibaba will get the tranquil place for offering free internet.
Jack Huang also mentions, [quotes quotes_style=”bquotes” quotes_pos=”center”]We will look at the opportunity to work together with service providers or even some Wi-Fi providers. We are trying to offer lower cost data to users and better connectivity, even free of cost connectivity. Wi-Fi vendors and other players can be potentials, and we are in talk.[/quotes]
Alternative strategies of Reliance Jio, Google, and Facebook
Indian telecom industry didn’t take a final decision on the issue of net neutrality that promises to offer Equal internet services and access to all. Since this issue is still under question, Alibaba might not get a feasible market in India. Right now, Reliance Jio is focusing on offering better internet connectivity to its users. Thus, Jio is using the Fiber to Fiber To The Home technology to provide the broadband speeds up to 1GBPS.
It is testing this internet speed in different regions of the country. And in the meantime, Google partnered with RailTel to offer free Wi-Fi hotspots in major railway stations. Facebook also took tests of Express Wi-Fi services in India. So, right now we can say that Alibaba might face competition too.
It is not clear right now whether Alibaba will take up similar strategies to get a market in India. They “might” offer content bundled with the usage of Wi-Fi connectivity in India. At present, the current rules will not allow anyone to connect content with free data. Moreover, the telecom regulators are still processing the net neutrality. So let’s wait and see what the next step of Alibaba is.