Social media giant Facebook today announced the commercial launch of Express Wi-Fi in India. Express Wi-Fi, similar to many other programs run by Facebook, falls under the company’s broader concept of Internet.org.
It has been almost nine months since Facebook is working with carriers, internet service providers, and local entrepreneurs to get things going. The service in question is currently operating in India and will expand to other regions soon.
With Express Wi-Fi, Facebook boasts of the better internet. More than that, it wants to empower local entrepreneurs so that they can provide quality internet access and make a steady income out of it. Facebook will work closely with local internet service providers or mobile operators so that users connect to the apps and services offered by the company.
Moving on, Facebook has 700 hotspots installed across four Indian states: Rajasthan, Gujarat, Meghalaya, and Uttarakhand. Facebook also partnered Bharti Airtel to install additional 20,000 hotspots across the country over the next few months.
According to Facebook, users will 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. If that is the case, Express Wi-Fi will not result in a violation of net neutrality regulations, unlike Free Basics.