Under its internet.org initiative, Facebook introduces its, Express Wi-Fi, connectivity initiative. Currently, Facebook Express Wi-Fi Launches Commercially in India. With Express Wi-Fi, Facebook is working with carriers, internet service providers, and local entrepreneurs to help expand connectivity to underserved locations around the world.
Facebook Express Wi-Fi Launches Commercially in India
Currently in India, Facebook is working with local ISPs and 500 local entrepreneurs. But soon this number will be increased.
Mark Zuckerberg announced this on Facebook, stated that,
we’re expanding Facebook Express Wi-Fi in India. Together with Bharti Airtel, we’re going to launch another 20,000 hotspots.
Express Wi-Fi is one of our projects to help more people get online. Anyone can run an Express Wi-Fi hotspot, which means entrepreneurs across the country can offer their communities faster and more affordable internet.
Rohit added Express Wi-Fi to his family’s restaurant. He’s serving a lot more students these days, and they’re staying for longer. “Good food and good internet” seem to be pretty universal requirements for students everywhere.
When people like Rohit extend the internet to their communities, they open up opportunities for others. We’ve helped connect more than 50 million people to the internet through programs like this, and we’re looking forward to hearing more stories like his.
In the next few months, company will start expanding hotspots in the country. However, other ISPs involved in the project so far are AirJaldi in Uttarakhand, LMES in Rajasthan, Tikona in Gujarat and soon with Shaildhar in Meghalaya. Other than India, Facebook has previously launched the service commercially in Kenya.
Express Wi-Fi empowers local entrepreneurs to provide quality internet access to their neighbors and earn steady income. Moreover, when people are able to purchase fast, affordable and reliable internet, they’re able to explore the world more.