Why Ericsson Is Partnering With Facebook

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Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Ericsson's Johan Wibergh comments on the company's partnering with Facebook to form Internet.org. He speaks with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

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He joins us via skype.

It is very late in the evening in stockholm.

Thank you for joining us on "bloomberg west." how did this partnership come together?

Did mark zuckerberg get the call and say, hey, i want to do this?

It was a bit like that.

We have been working together for a couple of years when it comes to making the experience of facebook of mobile devices.

How exactly is the plan going to be executed?

It is a global partnership.

Offering internet two 5 billion people.

It would develop the markets.

It is something we talk -- and about.

We have been bringing in those communications and text messaging to about 6 billion people on the earth.

If there is 90% of people have basic voice coverage, how about getting after coverage and making the internet a portable and available -- affordable and available?

Building of infrastructure and making it affordable is one thing.

What about the people out there who do not even have phones?

Will you go phones to people so they can get online?

-- give phones to people so they can get online.

The key thing is to work together.

It is about getting the price to come down.

That is how we did it in the voice business.

We have a voice-based phone in africa.

We need to get the prices on the devices and make sure they can communicate efficiently on the network.

40% of the world's -- we can be instrumental in making it more effective.

It is hard to argue with bringing the internet to everyone around the world.

It sounds very benevolent, but this is also good for facebook.

The more people online, the more people can be on facebook and also for your business.

How will it help your business?

That is true.

It would have a lot of different benefits for the companies and people.

I would to ethiopia myself to a village where we had donated and connected the people and the young kids to the internet.

You should have seen their faces when the connected to the internet for the first time and they could surf and access information that is available.

It is a great feeling to see that.

Quickly, it is very ambitious.

How long will it take to get 5 billion people online?

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