Abuja - A diverse group of private and public sector players joined together to launch the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) to drive down internet prices in developing countries.
A4AI announced at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation’s Annual Forum in Abuja it aims to bring connectivity to the two-thirds of the world that do not have access to the internet.
The alliance, initiated by the World Wide Web Foundation, also announced its plans to drive down prices and to allow innovative allocation of spectrum while promoting the sharing of infrastructure.
“The reason for the Alliance is simple – the majority of the world’s people are still not online, usually because they can’t afford to be,” Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man credited as the inventor of the World Wide Web, said.
“In Mozambique, for example, a recent study showed that using just 1GB of data can cost well over two months wages for the average citizen,” Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, said.