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Facebook Inducted As Associate Member By COAI

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COAI, the leading Mobile Communications Association representing the largest mobile service Operators and the majority of telecom equipment manufacturers, as well as other communication services and product companies in India, announced the induction of Facebook India Online Services Pvt. Ltd. as an Associate Member of the Association.

In its 9 years of existence, Facebook has become a rage amongst the youth as well as elderly. This social media website has not only helped to bridge the gap amongst family and friends but has also played a key role in various social movments around the world.

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 per cent of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, yet only about 30 per cent 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, from empowering people to exercise their rights to freely express themselves, promoting transparency and democratic values and allowing people to access affordable data services in areas such as health care, education and information, which they otherwise cannot afford."

COAI’s Associate Membership comprises of companies that manufacture or support the functioning, promotion, research development and evolution of Mobile Communications Services. Other members include Alcatel Lucent India Ltd., Cisco Systems India Pvt. Ltd., Ericsson India Pvt. Ltd., IBM India Pvt. Ltd, GTL Infrastructure Ltd., Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Indus Towers Ltd, Intel Corporation, Nokia Solutions and Networks Pvt. Ltd. and ZTE India Pvt. Ltd.