A social media giant is the first to be revealed as India’s leading social media provider, as the country prepares to launch the country’s first nationwide data roaming network, a report by The Economic Times says.
The move, which will see users of mobile phones in the country use the network as soon as the data roaming agreement expires, will also be an early step towards making India the first country in the world to offer mobile data roaming, which means users can connect to other users and connect to the internet via a data connection, without having to download data or incur a data charge.
The new service, to be launched in mid-November, will be available across the country, and also cover some regions of the country.
The company, based in Hyderabad, India, says it will provide data roaming services for a monthly fee of Rs. 5,000.
The news comes amid an intensifying debate in India over the privacy and security of online data.
Earlier this month, a senior BJP leader, Suresh Chaturvedi, said the government is taking steps to clamp down on illegal data transfers by mobile operators and ISPs, saying the new service is a step towards this.
The data roaming will be offered to all Indians, the report says.