Facebook buys Pryte to get closer to carriers (RCR Mobile Minute)

Mobile Minute:
The Mobile Minute is sponsored by SpiderCloud Wireless. The price of mobile data has definitely been falling in the U.S., but the amounts Americans pay for data plans are still far beyond the means of many would-be smartphone users in emerging markets. Now Facebook has acquired a startup that wants to bring mobile data to emerging markets. Pryte offers one-off options, tying mobile data usage to specific apps (like Facebook). The Finnish company hasn’t actually launched its service yet, but it has something that Facebook wants: relationships with mobile operators in the developing world.
Pryte has about 30 employees, some or all of whom may join Facebook. The acquisition is part of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s effort to extend Internet access to more people around the world. For more on that see today’s video below.
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Martha DeGrasse has been creating content for RCR Wireless News since 2011. Her current focus areas are wireless infrastructure and heterogeneous networks. Recent feature reports include the 2015 DAS and Small Cells Update, Wireless Infrastructure Service Company Review, and Investing in HetNets. (All of these can be found by clicking on Reports at the top of this page.) At RCR, Martha also developed the 5 Things to Know Today series and the Mobile Minute. Prior to joining RCR Wireless News, Martha produced business and technology news for CNN and Dow Jones in New York. Martha left Dow Jones to move to Austin, Texas, where she managed the online editorial group at Hoover’s Online before taking a number of years off to be at home when her children were young. Follow her on Twitter @mdegrasseRCR