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Orange to Provide Its Mobile Users in Middle East, Africa with Free Access to Wikipedia

Orange has announced it will be providing its users in the Middle East and Africa free access to Wikipedia.

According to reports, Orange has into a deal with Wikipedia to ensure that its millions of users from the above mentioned regions are provided with access to the site free of cost. The proposed move, however, will be limited to mobile devices only.

Orange claims this happens to be the first of its kind in the world, and also that the 70 million users in Africa and the Middle East will benefit hugely from this unique offering.

"Wikipedia is an important service, a public good, and so we want people to be able to access it for free, regardless of what device they're using. This partnership with Orange will enable millions of people to read Wikipedia who previously couldn't," stated Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, The Guardian reports.

This new service will be made available across 20 markets throughout 2912. A spokesperson for Orange also stated the company intends to increase the proportion of 2G and 3G enabled mobile devices all the way to 50 percent by the fall of 2015.