Facebook rolls out 'Express Wi-Fi' in India, partners Airtel

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The Express Wi-Fi project, which Facebook started testing in the country in 2015, and part of its connectivity initiatives under internet.org, will be available through almost 700 hotspots now in Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Meghalaya. Facebook has also announced that they are partnering with Airtel tp launch 20,000 new Express Wi-Fi by Facebook hotspots in "over the next few months". The other internet service providers (ISPs) involved in the project so far are AirJaldi in Uttarakhand, LMES in Rajasthan, Tikona in Gujarat and soon with Shaildhar in Meghalaya. It is now operational in five countries-India, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Indonesia.

Customers can access the services by buying a daily, weekly or monthly plans from the Express Wi-Fi retailers similar to how one would purchase recharge currency for their prepaid mobile connections.

Express Wi-Fi is part of Facebook's global initiative to spread internet connectivity.

Facebook said that it is commercially rolling out Express Wi-Fi, a program under which local entrepreneurs can sell Internet to users in a locality. "They also help Indians connect to the internet easily and for an affordable rate". Google also offers free Wi-Fi at many railway stations across India.

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Facebook has partnered with Bharti Airtel to introduce 2,000 more hotspots across the country.

He also said that "this will kill the need of owning 4G devices and that will be immensely helpful for India where 4G is catching up fast but has a long way to go before it becomes mainstream".

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.

Unlike the company's Internet.org program that allowed Indians to access Facebook-approved websites for free - and which was shut down by regulators for violating net neutrality - Facebook's new plan called Express WiFi, isn't gratis. "We have now moved away from beta stage and are into rapidly expanding the footprint", Seth added.

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Facebook's Express Wi-Fi programme aims to create several public Wi-Fi hotspots across rural India.

Ajai Puri, chief operating officer (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said "We are delighted to be a part of this initiative to provide affordable access to high speed data to users across India, particularly in the underserved segment".

Facebook's audacious and affordable WiFi system has launched in India.

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