Facebook Express Wi-Fi testing has started in India. Facebook Express Wi-Fi provides the internet in rural areas in 125 locations in India.
The company is working with carriers, internet service providers, and local entrepreneurs. This will help expand connectivity to underserved locations around the world.
Express Wi-Fi is part of Facebook’s over Internet.org project. They want to bring internet connectivity to parts of the world that are still offline. Express Wi-Fi users can buy data packets from as low as INR 10.
“We are testing Express Wi-Fi program in India. It allows customers to buy fast, reliable and affordable data packages from their local ISP to access the Internet via local hotspots.” A Facebook India spokesperson said according to media reports.
“Facebook is investing in the development of the connectivity ecosystem by providing techno-commercial help to local ISP partners and entrepreneurs,” a person associated with the matter said.
He said that company is the using the old cable operator model to get Express Wi-Fi working. The team helps the local entrepreneurs with technology, business solutions, and marketing. At the time, the model had been in use in over 100 villages across India.
This is another attempt to launch Internet service in India. India has already rejected the Open Internet platform. Disappointed Mark Zuckerberg, said after his much anticipated and much endorsed Free Basics program.
“We’re disappointed with the decision. But we are committed to keep working to break down barriers to connectivity in India and around the world.”
Facebook is now taking his initiative forward to spread the internet in rural India. The company has been in touch with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to commercially launch its Express Wi-Fi program and expand its reach.
This is to note, that Facebook is not alone in the race. Google is already providing free Internet services to Indian railway stations. Also, Google has plans to increase this number to 400 stations in the country.
This takes it way ahead of the game. When it comes to connecting people in India, something Facebook has been harping about all along.