Facebook has used the 2010 Mobile World Congress as the stage upon which to announce a text-only version of its hugely-popular social-networking website in the form of Facebook Zero.
Set to become available at zero.facebook.com, the latest Facebook portal aims to "make Facebook on the mobile web available to everyone, anywhere".
Speaking at an MWC conference in Barcelona, Facebook revealed that over 100 million users now access its social-networking services from mobile phones. Similarly, recent data from the GSMA revealed that UK mobile users who use their phone to go online spend nearly 50 per cent of their time on Facebook.
Facebook Zero, a text-only version of the company's mobile site, is expected to lower bandwidth costs for users as well as ease congestion concerns for operators.
Unlike Facebook Lite, a similar portal launched in 2009 for users in developing countries with slow internet connections, Facebook Zero will further strip down on functionality by removing access to services such as photo sharing.
The firm has confirmed that Facebook Zero will become available in the "coming weeks".