anup singh
anup singh
Aeronautical
04 May 2017

Facebook Brings Express Wi-Fi With 700 Hotspots Across India; Ties Up With Airtel For 2000 More

Facebook is going straight ahead towards its goal of bringing more people online with various programs under its internet.org scheme, specifically aimed at developing and under developed nations. Facebook’s Express Wifi is one such initiative. And finally, after a year of testing with various ISPs (internet service providers), it is up and running in four states- Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Meghalaya- using nearly 700 hotspots in these regions.

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Today, the company announced its partnership with Airtel to launch an additional 20,000 hotspots spread over the country in next few months. The Express Wi-Fi program aims to provide hassle-free internet over Wifi taking help from local ISPs. No doubt, Wi-Fi is the easiest way of getting online. You don’t need to have a SIM card, LAN connection or data pack, just your device and you are good to go. Anyone will be able to connect with these Express WIFI’s after purchasing a plan from online stores or your express Wi-Fi retailer. Daily, weekly and monthly packs are available starting at as low as 10 Rs. per day.

The plan is to complement mobile data offerings with something more convenient and low-cost. Before coming to India, the Express Wi-Fi initiative was successfully launched in Kenya and is under testing process in countries like Tanzania, Nigeria and Indonesia. The company also insists on the fact that the program will bring economic empowerment to the local service providers who can earn a steady income by reselling internet to their neighbors, with Facebook providing the software for doing that.

India has a population of around 1.3 billion, but according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI's) report only 390 million people use internet services and that’s the number after Jio effect. Facebook, in past, tried offering basic services free of cost to everyone under Free Basics program but the initiative was shut down by TRAI for being unfair. Now, they are back with the noble intentions and hope to expand quickly tying up with different service providers across the country.

Source: Express Wi-Fi

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