Express Wi-Fi

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Express Wi-Fi is a connectivity service by Facebook under internet.org. A follow up of the banned Free Basics, the service provides access to the internet by the use of public Wi-Fi hotspots which are "low-cost, high bandwidth", as per Facebook.

As of May 2017, Express Wi-Fi was active in Kenya, Indonesia, Tanzania, India and Nigeria.[1]

Operating locations[edit]

India[edit]

With nearly 700 hotspots across four states in India, the service was launched on 4 May 2017[2] announcing its partnership with Bharti Airtel, prior to which the services in Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Gujarat and Meghalaya were handled by LMES, AirJaldi, Tikona and Shaildhar ISPs respectively.[3]

Kenya[edit]

Partnering with Surf, a Kenya-based ISP, Express Wi-Fi was launched in the country on 29 March, 2017 providing 100 Wi-Fi hotspots in the greater Nairobi area. Uche Ofodile, regional head of Africa Express Wi-fi, stated leading of Kenya, in innovation, on the continent as the reason to bring the service in the country.[4]

Nigeria[edit]

In Nigeria, prior to partnering with Tizeti Network Limited, a wireless ISP in Lagos , the service was in collaboration only with coollink.ng.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Express Wi-Fi by Facebook launches commercially in India". DeccanChronicle. 2017-05-04. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  2. ^ Lardinois, Frederic. "Facebook's Express Wi-Fi launches commercially in India". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  3. ^ "Facebook Launches Its 'Express Wi-Fi' Connectivity Solution in India". NDTV Gadgets360.com. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  4. ^ "Facebook launches low-cost internet service, Express Wifi, in Kenya". Citizentv.co.ke. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  5. ^ "Tizeti partners with Facebook to expand Express Wi-Fi in Nigeria". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  6. ^ "Express Wi-Fi By Facebook Partners With Tizeti to Expand Coverage in Nigeria". Retrieved 2018-01-09.