Published On: Wed, Mar 4th, 2015

Mark Zuckerberg Claims He is Not Out to Destroy the Telecom Industry

Telecom companies could benefit from

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Or, at least that is what he says in so many words. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg addressed the Mobile World Congress and apparently was eager to patch things up with telecom providers who fear Facebook is messing up their business model with initiatives like 

The aim of is to spread connectivity to places where many people have previously not had internet access. Far from becoming irrelevant, Zuckerberg said telecom companies are still the main players in providing service and far from losing business to, the initiative might actually generate revenues for the operators.

According to, Zuckerberg told the audience, “The real companies driving this are the operators.” won’t be stealing the fire from telecoms, but he said, “In many cases, ARPU goes up.”

Christian de Faria, CEO of Bharti Airtel Africa, who offers in four countries said, according to, “(it’s like) beauty and the beast. I think the beast is becoming more human … There has not been a cannibalization of revenue. It is also for me an acquisition tool, ” de Faria said, and aids in growing the subscriber base.

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