Ending the year through giving back to education, MTN Ghana has collaborated with Ghana’s Ministry of Education to provide free access to online encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Subscribers of MTN Ghana will welcome in the New Year with news that they can now access online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, for free thanks to the network provider’s collaboration with the country’s Ministry of Education. This means that all MTN Ghana subscribers will be able to access Wikipedia without a data bundle and without charges to any existing data plan. The new service is a part of the Wikipedia Zero Initiative which is a global project set up by Wikimedia Foundation that seeks to propagate free and easy access to knowledge digitally.
MTN Ghana has reaffirmed its vision to champion the provision of digital services to customers and the new free access service makes it the first telecoms operator in the country to provide free access to Wikipedia. The service will allow subscribers of the network access Wikipedia’s vast library of articles estimated at around 33.5 million cutting across 287 languages, making it the world’s largest ever assembly of free knowledge. Wikipedia is also the world’s seventh most visited website, drawing in over 500 million unique users every month culminating in 20 billion monthly page hits.
Speaking on the commencement of the service on the network, Mr Rahul De, Chief Marketing Officer of MTN said that the Wikipedia Zero Initiative was set to empower persons from all walks of life with the opportunity to access even more learning materials to enhance their knowledge. He added that students, children and professionals would benefit especially from the initiative which would do away with data cost hurdles that may have obstructed access to educational materials in the past.
The reception of the new service has been enthusiastic with Wikimedia Ghana User Group (WMGUG) lauding the development as a great opportunity that would allow the people of Ghana access the many benefits of Wikipedia and aid in increasing the number of Wikipedia editors in the country. Educational institutions in Ghana would also be able to delve into sizeable resources of Wikipedia for educational and research purposes.