KATHMANDU, May 6 : Ncell has joined hands with Wikimedia Foundation to launch a new product named Wikipedia Zero under which all Ncell users will be able to access the world´s largest online encyclopedia - Wikipedia -- free of cost.
Vahdat Zehtab, director B2C, said Wikipedia Zero would come into effect from Wednesday, allowing all Ncell data users to browse Wikipedia at no cost. “There is no service fee attached to the product and no product activation is required,” said Zehtab.
Wikipedia is the world´s largest online encyclopedia, visited by 500 million people each month, according to Comscore. Wikipedia contains more than 30 million articles in 287 languages, contributed by a global community of 80,000 volunteers. The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and supports the local communities.
Ncell CEO Erim Taylanlar (center) speaks to the media during a press meet about the launch of free Wikipedia access services in Kathmandu on Tuesday. Dipesh Shrestha/Republica
“Wikipedia Zero is one of our initiatives to provide great value to our customers. This new service, which is free for every Ncell users, will pave the way for present and future subscribers of Ncell to try our data service for free and also deliver a huge knowledge base in their hands,” Erim Taylanlar, CEO of Ncell, said.
Sanju Koirala, corporate communication director of Ncell, believes free access to knowledge will contribute to the Nepali society greatly, helping to close the knowledge gap and excel
“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,” said Zehtab.