Alibaba plans telco partnerships, to offer free Internet
Online major Alibaba is planning to offer free Internet services in partnership with telecom service providers in India.
Alibaba is leaving no stone unturned for strengthening its presence in India. The Chinese giant is now looking at offering affordable data services and even internet to Indians via partnerships with telecom operators. The company is also planning to invest $200 Million in Paytm’s online marketplace business.
According to a report by Business Insider, Alibaba’s search and software division, UCWeb, which it acquired in 2014, said that the company is looking for newer opportunities in India while working on last-mile access.
Alibaba is currently negotiating with telecom operators and Wi-Fi providers to offer free internet in India.
“We will definitely look at the opportunity to work together with service providers or even some Wi-Fi providers. We are trying to offer lower cost data to users and better connectivity, even free of cost connectivity. Wi-Fi providers and other players can be potentials and we are in talk,” said Jack Huang, President of Overseas Business, Alibaba Mobile Business.