Hi Ian,

We are working on a number of partnerships in Africa and Asia. We are also working closely with a South African organization, the Praekelt Foundation, that we hope will help us put an arrangement in place with the major South African carriers as well as others in the region.  Kul Wadhwa and Amit Kapoor are leading the Wikimedia Foundation's team on this. If you come up with good connections speak with them and we'll see if we can accelerate plans in South Africa.

Best,
Barry

-- 
Barry Newstead 
Chief Global Development Officer
Wikimedia Foundation

On Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 4:13 AM, Ian Gilfillan wrote:

I came across a headline today mentioning that accessing Wikipedia in
Asia from a mobile phone is now free. A misleading headline, but it
pointed to a project to partner with mobile carriers to allow free
access to Wikipedia.

Here are some links about the project:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Zero (general description)
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Orange_and_WMF_partner_on_Wikipedia_mobile
(Press release of Orange mobile partnership)
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Mobile_Partnerships_Q_and_A (general
questions and answers)

It would be wonderful to implement with the carriers here. Does anyone
have contacts that could be approached with the idea?

--
Ian Gilfillan
www.greenman.co.za



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