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Mark Zuckerberg's MWC keynote

On the first day of the 2014 Mobile World Congress, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a keynote address. CNET brings you full coverage in our live blog.

  • Tim Stevens 2/24/2014 5:22:46 PM
    Zuckerberg: "Yeah, they're on our board because they believe in our mission."
  • Tim Stevens 2/24/2014 5:23:07 PM
    Next question: What kind of trajectory will this follow? How long will it take before everyone can have "basic services."
  • Tim Stevens 2/24/2014 5:23:35 PM
    Zuckerberg: "I hope that we can prove that the model works, and then get to the place to work with a larger number of carrier partners within the next two or three years." Pretty sure we've heard this one before.
  • stephen.shankland 2/24/2014 5:23:43 PM
  • Tim Stevens 2/24/2014 5:24:23 PM
    "This is a long-term thing for us..." But, he hopes to do well better than a billion people over the next five years.
  • Tim Stevens 2/24/2014 5:24:34 PM
    Back to the Whatsapp acquisition again. Kirkpatrick is asking whether the board was into the cost.
  • Tim Stevens 2/24/2014 5:25:07 PM
    Zuckerberg: "There's two pieces to think about: the first is the company by itself and what it's going to be worth, and then there's the strategic value of what we can do together."
  • seamus.byrne 2/24/2014 5:25:25 PM
    "Free Facebook" is a pretty common offer with Australian carriers and Australia is not a slow moving data user. Is it used that way in a many other Western nations too? That said, Australia uses data caps to restrict usage, so 'Free' anything is attractive when there are limits to worry about.
  • Tim Stevens 2/24/2014 5:25:33 PM
    He thinks that the company is worth $19B on its own, even without the partnership options.
  • Tim Stevens 2/24/2014 5:26:26 PM
    "Then the question is why were we excited to do this together." Zuckerberg is again saying about the internet.org angle, which he believe will help. Being a part of Facebook, he says, means they can really focus on adding more people.
  • Tim Stevens 2/24/2014 5:27:14 PM
    "What we envision for carriers, is basically a model that can help them get more subscribers and connect more people."
  • stephen.shankland 2/24/2014 5:27:47 PM
  • Tim Stevens 2/24/2014 5:28:18 PM
    Kirkpatrick is now asking for more specific information about efficiencies that can be gained to reduce cost.
  • seamus.byrne 2/24/2014 5:28:30 PM
    You know what's a very basic text-based service? SMS. But boy are carriers in love with making piles of cash by charging for it. They did give it away for free when it first appeared, though...
  • Tim Stevens 2/24/2014 5:28:53 PM
    Zuckerberg says there are three aspects, with the first being to decrease the cost of the internet infrastructure. Basically, hardware and the necessary equipment to run it.
  • Tim Stevens 2/24/2014 5:29:04 PM
    Second is to increase data efficiency, so that services need less data, he says.
  • Tim Stevens 2/24/2014 5:29:28 PM
    Finally is increasing the efficiency of the up-sell. He says there's a 10x improvement to be made on all three tiers.
  • Tim Stevens 2/24/2014 5:30:02 PM
    Regarding the first point, Zuckerberg says that more spectrum availability would help, along with reduced costs of smartphones. Kirkpatrick references the $25 Mozilla smartphone that was announced today.
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