Richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, offers free 4G to one billion people

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Over 1 billion Indians have started enjoying free 4G Wi-Fi network offered by the richest man in the country, Mukesh Ambani.

The free network, which cost Mr Mukesh  $20 billion, was rolled out Monday and is expected to reach out to more than 80 % of the country.

Indians will be able to use Jio for free until the end of 2016, and pay as little as 149 rupees ($2.25) a month for data after that.

“Anything and everything that can go digital is going digital — at an exponential rate,” Ambani told investors last week at his company’s annual general meeting. “Life is going digital.”

Only a fifth of adults in India have access to internet. It is estimated that by 2017, more than a quarter of adults will have access to cheap internet.