Monday, February 4, 2013

VimpelCom - Free Access to Wikipedia

Here is another use for Procera's DPI equipment at VimpelCom (here), which could (or should) be using the recently announced Content Intelligence solution (here) for deeper DPI on HTTP (here).

The group and the Wikimedia Foundation announced a "partnership to deliver free Wikipedia access to VimpelCom customers. Through Wikipedia Zero, VimpelCom’s mobile customers will have free access to the mobile version of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, along with a light-weight, text-only fast version of the site. Locally-relevant articles in local language versions of Wikipedia will be available along with the English version ..Wikipedia Zero will be rolled out in VimpelCom operations across the globe starting this year, with focus on emerging markets in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa".

VimpelCom uses Procera's DPI equipment (here).

Mikhail Gerchuk (pictired), VimpelCom’s Group Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer, said: "The world’s sixth largest telecommunications company and fifth largest website globally are coming together to offer our customers a better mobile experience and greater access to free knowledge, particularly in emerging markets. This is a win-win partnership that helps us to promote the mobile internet to our customers while contributing to Wikipedia’s mission to bring free access to the entire world's knowledge”.

See "VimpelCom partners with Wikimedia Foundation to offer free mobile Wikipedia access through Wikipedia Zero" - here.

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