Orange currently has more than 70 million subscribers in Africa and the Middle East.

According to The Star in Nairobi, “the service is geared at supporting Wikimedia Foundation’s initiative of spreading free knowledge to the billions of people around the world, whose primary opportunity to access the internet is via a mobile device.”

This will be only the second time that an African mobile service operator has been granted permission to supply its users with free access to the website, as Uganda has already implemented the technology another agreement between the Orange Group and the Wikimedia Foundation.