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Airtel Rwanda partners with Facebook for free web access (Q&A;)



Airtel Rwanda and Facebook have partnered to offer free web access to Rwandans while using the Airtel network. Through Free Basics by Facebook, Rwandans will be able to access various websites through the Airtel network at no cost.

  1. What is is a platform created by Facebook in order to offer free access to selected websites around the world. Through Free Basics by Facebook, Rwandans will be able to access various websites through the Airtel network at no cost.

As long as you can access the internet on your phone, there will be sites that you will be surfing for free.


  1. How does one access this free internet?

Accessing the free internet is very simple. There are two options for this.

For people with smartphones, you can download the Free Basics Android app on Google play store or visit on your phone with a SIM card from Airtel.

For our customers without smartphones, you just open your web browser and visit your phone with a SIM card from Airtel.

It is all free of charge.


  1. What category of websites can one be able to visit for free?

The categories that one can browse through include; sports, entertainment, local information, health, education, communication and jobs.

Among the free websites to be accessed on Free Basics while using the Airtel Network include;  Facebook, BBC Africa,, Wikipedia, BabyCenter & MAMA,, Super-Sport, Bing search engine, and several others.


  1. What more can you tell our readers ?

Rwandans are fast advancing in the use of technology and browsing the internets. We now provide competitive, affordable mobile data packages to our customers aimed at enabling faster communication. We are delighted to have kicked off this partnership with Facebook and have it go live at a time where we as a telecom are looking to enable our customers access the internet affordably.

With our recent affordable internet enabled Keza phone available in all our outlets at only 6,200 RWFs, offering together with free web access on our customers are in for a feast of information, education as well as the best experience on the Airtel internet network.

Finally, I would like to salute the ministry of Youth and ICT for the tremendous work they have put in to ensure the launch of this project and the acceleration of socio-economic development, improving productivity of the private sector and facilitating ICT growth.

With we hope we can get more Rwandans being able to connect to the internet for economic and social growth of our beautiful country and Africa as a whole.

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