Facebook joins COAI

Facebook India Online Services has joined COAI, the leading mobile communications association as an associate member of the association.

COAI’s associate membership comprises of companies that manufacture or support the functioning, promotion, research development and evolution of mobile communications Services.

COAI’s other associate members include Alcatel Lucent India, Cisco Systems India, Ericsson India, IBM India, GTL Infrastructure, Huawei Technologies, Indus Towers, Intel, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Qualcomm India and ZTE India.

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. Facebook has more than 1.32 billion monthly active users globally, including over 100 million monthly active users in India.

Ankhi Das, public policy director – India & South Asia, Facebook said, “Over 85 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, yet only about 30 percent of the total population accesses the internet. Affordability and awareness are significant barriers to internet adoption. Facebook believes that overcoming these barriers and connecting people has immense value.”

“Joining COAI as an associate member reflects our focus on mobile technologies, access and our continued desire to work in collaboration with the industry to increase connectivity. We look forward to playing an active role as a member,” added Das.

Rajan S Mathews, director general, COAI said, “Social networking, especially Facebook, has changed the way Indians work, play, communicate, socialize and do business. We believe this will further grow to become a crucial part of and influence the socio-economic culture in the country. We feel that Facebook’s active participation in COAI activities will result in mutual value addition and bring the much needed synergy of functioning between the service providers and the content/VAS players.”

Having started as an association for mobile service providers, COAI has today expanded to be a thought leader in the telecom and broadband industry, with members including cellular service providers, telecom infrastructure companies, telecom equipment manufacturers and others.

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