The Roshan, telecommunications provider, announced on Monday that it is offering free access to Wikipedia to all its customers across Afghanistan.
Roshan Partners With Wikimedia Foundation To Empower Afghans
A partnership signed between Roshan and Wikimedia Foundation is the first of its kind in Afghanistan and allows all Roshan customers access to Wikipedia on their mobile phones, without incurring mobile data costs for a year.
“At Roshan, we are proud to have been leading the efforts to increase access to information through our robust network which covers all 34 provinces of Afghanistan,” said Altaf Ladak, deputy CEO of Roshan.
“The partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation expands the frontier of access to information and knowledge, especially for Afghanistan’s youth who make up almost two thirds of the population.”
"Wikipedia's mission is to imagine a world in which every single person can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. With the launch of the Wikipedia Zero service by Roshan, we are glad to know millions of people in Afghanistan will now have access to Wikipedia and its sister projects without incurring mobile data charges. This will also empower them to participate in adding content to these projects,” said Ravishankar Ayyakkannu, Regional Manager for Strategic Partnerships in Asia and Eastern Europe of the Wikimedia Foundation.
This partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit dedicated to free knowledge for all, is part of Roshan’s vision to connect Afghans of all backgrounds and enhance affordable mobile connectivity and access to information to all segments of Afghans society.
Since its inception in 2003, Roshan has partnered with many of the world’s leading tech giants and international organizations, bringing innovative technologies to improve lives and enable the next generation of young Afghans to lead the change.
For its efforts, Fortune Magazine listed Roshan as one of the “Top 51 Companies Changing the World” in 2015, highlighting the company’s use of innovative technology and mobile network to address major social problems as part of its core business strategy.