The leading telecom partner of India, Bharti Airtel, has collaborated with Facebook to install over 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to offer the Internet that uses Express Wi-Fi service of Facebook in India. The company said that this alliance will help Express Wi-Fi to extend to several Indian who want high-speed and inexpensive connectivity.
Express Wi-Fi is a unit of the worldwide initiative of Facebook to expand Internet connectivity will be launched in the next few months. Back in 2015, the company began the Express Wi-Fi’s validation. And it is made commercially obtainable by means of almost 700 hotspots in 4 Indian states, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, and Gujarat, by working with 500 local entrepreneur–retailers and Internet service providers. At present, Express Wi-Fi is functional in 5 countries, which includes Kenya, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
Chief Operating Officer of Bharti Airtel, Ajai Puri, (South Asia & India), said, “We are elated to be a part of this program to offer affordable access to super-fast data to the users all over India, mainly in the underserved segment. We hope this will assist in allowing several Indians by fetching them online and add to the Digital India vision of the Government.”
According to the company, Express Wi-Fi is developed to improve mobile data services by offering a high-bandwidth, low-priced substitute for getting online, stream and download content, and access apps. There are almost 1.3 Billion population India, but on 390 Million population are linked to the Internet, as per the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Performance Indicator Report.
The company said that by signing up with a retailer of Express Wi-Fi and buying a monthly, weekly or daily data pack, anyone can get access to the Express Wi-Fi. This will enable users to connect to the hotspots, create/register an account, log-in, and begin browsing.
Apart from the recent collaboration with Bharti Airtel, the high-speed Wi-Fi has also be installed in association with Internet service providers LMES in Rajasthan, AirJaldi in Uttarakhand, Tikona in Gujarat, and shortly with Shaildhar in Meghalaya.
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