Facebook has joined a new partnership that aims to boost internet access across the world.
Details of the new programme, called Internet.org, were released last week and Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung have all pledged their support for the project.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg commented: "There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy.
"Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges."
Mr Zuckerberg said only a third of the world population (2.7 billion people) can currently go online and this needs to be addressed.
He claimed the aim of Internet.org is to ensure the remaining two-thirds of people across the globe can gain access to the advantages the web brings.
Many areas of the UK and Ireland struggle to receive basic internet access. Satellite broadband is ideally suited to help connect people in such locations.
Posted by Craig Roberts