While the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona, Spain has brought forth a host of smart devices in the form of smartphones, tablets and others, a bit of that glory was taken away with fans looking ahead to the highly anticipated keynote from Facebook founder and owner Mark Zuckerberg.
The Facebook owner and one of the biggest social media tycoons, true to promise, delivered on his keynote at the event. On the heels of acquiring mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion only recently, Zuckerberg spoke about how he sees (or wishes to see) the world connected to each other within the next 10 years.
Here is the list of the major points from the new keynote:
- Zuckerberg's keynote comprised of three essential points: Decreasing the overall cost of data, decreasing optimal data consumption and increase in up-sales and revenues via charging basic services.
-On his acquisition of WhatsApp: He stated that WhatsApp is worth far more than $19 billion due to its ability to connect with more than a billion people, with more and more users adding to its list everyday. He also mentioned how 70 percent of people using WhatsApp uses the service everyday.
-He added that WhatsApp will operate autonomously, and that the service will remain the same irrespective of the acquisition. He confirmed that the service doesn't store messages or photos, as far as security issues are concerned.
-Zuckerberg discussed about internet.org and expects that it will help bring basic internet-based services for users in every part of the world. To back his statements, Zuckerberg talked about the importance of cheaper data plans and that only 30 percent of people in the world have access to the internet.
-He spoke about how the company is aiming at creating basic web-based services like messaging, weather alerts etc that will be available for everyone.
-Zuckerberg, on asked whether this is a way for Facebook to make money and its intentions behind all that was discussed, stated that it's far bigger than just making money. It's about connecting the world and doing something good for the world that will later pay off in some way.
-He stated that NSA should play a more responsible role since trust is an integral part when users are sharing personal information on the web. He added that the government should be bound by the responsibility and has to be more transparent. However, the NSA issue will not have anything to do with internet.org.
-Zuckerberg also spoke about how the company is looking to work with 3 to 5 companies in order to offer affordable web connections to more people across the planet.