Satellite internet company Avanti and social network Facebook are in talks about rolling out free internet access across large parts of Africa.
A report in The Telegraph suggested that the move will offer a range of benefits, including bringing internet services to many areas for the first time.
It will also help Facebook to increase its user base, and aid chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in his drive to connect billions more people to the internet.
Facebook is already active in the Internet.org campaign for increased internet availability, and has partnered with firms including Ericsson on mobile communications in the area.
The company has launched a free mobile access app in Zambia, and partnered with Samsung, Qualcomm and Nokia to connect the "next five billion" people to the internet.
"The world economy is going through a massive transition right now," wrote Zuckerberg as he announced the formation of Internet.org.
"The knowledge economy is the future. By bringing everyone online, we'll not only improve billions of lives, but we'll improve our own as we beneﬁt from the ideas and productivity they contribute to the world.
"Giving everyone the opportunity to connect is the foundation for enabling the knowledge economy. It is not the only thing we need to do, but it's a fundamental and necessary step."
V3 has asked Facebook to comment on the reported work with Avanti, which recently launched its own Connected Africa campaign to bring internet access to thousands of schoolchildren in sub-Saharan Africa for less than 10p a day.
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