Facebook launches ‘Express WiFi’ paid Internet service in India

Facebook launches ‘Express WiFi’ paid Internet service in India

In an announcement made on its Internet.org website, social network Facebook has revealed that it has launched its new paid Internet service - called 'Express WiFi' - in India.

The launch of Express WiFi paid Internet service in India underscores a notable move by Facebook, especially since India is the social network's second-biggest market in the world, after the US. India has nearly 142 million Facebook users, out of which a whopping 133 million users access Facebook through their mobile devices.

The Express WiFi service -- which marks the availability of Facebook WiFi in India -- will give mobile phone owners in India's underserved locations the ability to access the Internet by purchasing data from local Internet service providers. A pilot version of the service is presently live at 125 rural WiFi hotspots in India.

Highlighting the fact that the Express WiFi service will charge Indian mobile phone users for offering them unrestricted Internet access, Facebook said on its Internet.org website that the service essentially "empowers local entrepreneurs to help provide quality Internet access to their neighbors and make a steady income."

Facebook further added that local entrepreneurs providing Internet access will be working with local Internet service providers or mobile operators, and will thus be "able to use software provided by Facebook to connect their communities."


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