Social media network company Facebook has started its express wi-fi service in India. Under this, the company will provide Internet access through public hotspots to the users in rural areas of the country. The company has done this service almost a year after its controversial Free Basics program, which had to be withdrawn.
In Free Basics, free access was only given to access selected websites, but Express WiFi works on paid models and the access to the Internet is not limited to any specific website. Under this, people can buy Daily, Weekly or Monthly data packs to avail the services of public WiFi Hotspot.
Facebook has made telecom company Bharti Airtel a partner under its service. The company will introduce more than 20,000 WiFi hotspots in the next few months. In a statement issued by Facebook, it said that there are about 1.3 billion people in India, but only 39 crores are connected to the Internet.
Through Express WiFi, Facebook wants to extend Internet connectivity to people of the society who are deprived of it so far. He said that Facebook is working with internet service providers and over 500 retailers. Facebook’s express WiFi service is available through about 700 hotspots in Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Meghalaya.