HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Ncell has launched a new product — Wikipedia Zero — which enables its customers to have free access to Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia. All customers having Ncell internet will be able to access online resources of Wikipedia at zero cost from Wednesday onwards.
There is no service fee attached and activation is also not required, according to Ncell. The product is launched based on the agreement with the Wikimedia Foundation, which has signed a similar agreement with 26 other mobile operators around the world.
Addressing the product launch programme, Erim Taylanlar, CEO of Ncell said that Wikipedia Zero is the company’s social initiative to help create a knowledge based society.
Wikipedia contains more than 30 million articles in 287 languages, contributed by a global community of 80,000 volunteers. It has around 10,000 Nepali contents. The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organisation which operates Wikipedia.
As per Ncell, due to technical constraint, the facility of free browsing, however, will not be available on Opera Mini, Blackberry and other handsets using native proxy browsers. Accessing Wikipedia through these browsers will be charged at prevailing rates. Likewise, visiting external links available in the Wikipedia is out of scope of this offer and will be charged as per the data plan of the company.