Express Wi-Fi Facebook Partners With Airtel to Deliver Internet Services in India
Facebook announced its partnership with Airtel to launch 20,000 new Express Wi-Fi by Facebook hotspots across the country “over the next few months”. Services in Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Meghalaya are currently enabled by AirJaldi, Tikona, LMES, and Shaildhar ISPs, respectively. The company in a press statement noted that the Express Wi-Fi connectivity solution is currently live in five countries – India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
Facebook said that Express Wi-Fi is designed to complement mobile data offerings by providing a low-cost, high-bandwidth alternative for getting online and access apps, download and stream content.
“Our Express Wi-Fi partnerships empower local Indian entrepreneurs to start businesses to offer internet access to their town or region. They also help Indians connect to the internet easily and for an affordable rate,” Facebook’s regional head of Connectivity Solution said.
“Our goal is to grow the number of Express Wi-Fi hotspots in India rapidly,” he added.
India has a population of about 1.3 billion people, but according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI’s) Performance Indicator Report, only 390 million people are connected to the internet.
Facebook said that anyone can access the Express Wi-Fi network by signing up with an Express Wi-Fi retailer and purchasing a daily, weekly or monthly data pack at a rate set by its partners. They will then be able to connect to the Express Wi-Fi hotspot, register/create an account, login, and “start browsing or use any app on the entire Internet.”
In addition to our newly announced partnership with Airtel, Express Wi-Fi has been deployed in partnership with ISPs AirJaldi in Uttarakhand, LMES in Rajasthan, Tikona in Gujarat, and soon with Shaildhar in Meghalaya.