Econet Wireless, Opera Software and Buja Express, an online platform have announced a partnership that offers every mobile subscriber on Econet Wireless in Burundi the opportunity to enjoy free internet access.
Idrissa Hakizimana, country group head at Buja Express, said the platform purchased one million web passes on Opera Mini browser to be delivered to subscribers on the Econet Wireless.
“This is a way through which we are trying to encourage more Burundians to come online. As a company committed to providing engaging online content for Burundians, we’re thrilled to also provide them with a day of mobile internet,” he said.
He added that through this initiative his company is helping to bring free mobile internet to Burundians via the Econet Wireless and this has been made possible through Opera’s Sponsored Web Pass, which allows operators to package their data in a user-friendly way. At the click of a button, users can get online and explore what the mobile internet has to offer.
Richard Monday, VP Africa for Opera Software, said this is the first time such an initiative would be deployed in any part of Africa to promote internet adoption.
According to him, while mobile penetration is high in Africa, internet penetration is still low as many low-end feature phone users are yet to experience internet. This set of people he said are the targeted beneficiaries of this offer – although every Econet Wireless subscriber is eligible for the offer.