Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik says while he believes that the intentions behind Facebook’s Free Basics are noble, there are obvious concerns around net neutrality and the project doesn’t solve the basic problem of connectivity.
“[Free Basics] doesn’t solve the problem of connectivity,” says Pramanik, ostensibly referring to the fact that you need to be a Reliance Communications customer within cellular coverage to benefit from the project in India.
“Free Basics is more of availability of Internet through traditional means – somebody still has to provide connectivity otherwise you don’t get anything,” Pramanik told Gadgets 360 in an exclusive chat where we also spoke about Microsoft’s new cybersecurity centre designed to protect India against digital threats, the upcoming Surface Pro 4 launch, and the Xbox business in India. “But after you’ve got that then you have access to certain Internet-based services that are free. That’s what basically it is.”