Although authorities in Egypt were yet to announce the reason behind it, telecom carrier Etisalat Egypt, Facebook's partner in Egypt, has suspended the free internet service that it began providing two months ago, reports stated.

According to Facebook, over three million people in Egypt have signed up for Free Basics. Of those three million, one million received access to the internet for the very first time.

Facebook, however, hopes to 'resolve this situation soon'.

In India, full page ads in major Indian newspapers and a personal piece by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a leading English daily defending Free Basics has taken the war over 'free' or 'selective' internet services for the poor and net neutrality into a new phase.

Academicians from India's premier institutes IITs and IISc have slammed Facebook's Free Basics initiative, terming it 'flawed' and 'misleading'.

Meanwhile, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the last date for receiving comments on its paper on differential data pricing, which is key to the debate on net neutrality to January 7.

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