Facebook launches Express Wi-Fi Android app to get more people online

Joanna Estrada
March 17, 2018

Facebook's answer to that is to get more people to share Wi-Fi, and its Express Wi-Fi scheme is created to facilitate this. The release of a single app instead of the requirement of multiple telco specific app is now expected to speed things up for the Express Wi-Fi program. Facebook launched the latest 'Express Wi-Fi' app recently which is going to enable users to establish a web connection via Wi-Fi by carrier provided connectivity in an affordable manner rather than buying data at expensive rates from telecom companies.

"We believe original content programming spend could approach between $1 billion to $1.5bn over the next year for Facebook with a sizeable portion of this dedicated to live sports programming rights for various NCAA, MLB, potentially National Football League events, and other global events", Ives said. However, until now, people had to use a mobile browser to open a telecom's website to recharge, or, download an app that would require re-configuring certain settings. The new app makes the whole process much easier, and in turn will get you online faster.

The Express Wi-Fi program is now available in five countries - India, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Indonesia. The language can be set to English, Swahili, Hindi, Gujarati, and Bahasa. This week TechCrunch was tipped off that Facebook had quietly launched an Express Wi-Fi Android app in the Google Play store that lets users buy data packs and find nearby hotspots as part of Facebook's distributed Wi-Fi network. Having said that, while the app isn't now available in India, it shouldn't be too long before it makes its way to the country.

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