The pomp and show that was depicted when Facebook came out with the full-page advertisement in the National papers: “The internet.org is now here in India”. Facebook has now officially launched the “Express Wi-Fi” in India, from, today, 04 May 2017. The first of the partners being ‘Airtel’; the company will launch about 20,000 hotspots partnering with Airtel. Facebook has already carried out the backend tie-up with other ISPs and Broadband services providers across the country to extent the services to different parts of India. Some of the partners include: AirJaldi in Uttarakhand, LMES in Rajasthan, Tikona in Gujarat, and soon with Shaildhar in Meghalaya.
This Wi-Fi service will not require a SIM or a subscription to a Data Pack. The device to access the internet is only required to have Wi-Fi connectivity. Also, Express Wi-Fi works on a “paid” model and the access will not be restricted to any particular websites. Facebook is looking to increase the number of Express Wi-Fi hotspots in India rapidly. India has a population of about 1.3 billion people, but according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI’s) Performance Indicator Report, only 390 million people are connected to the internet.
“With Express Wi-Fi, we’re working with carriers, internet service providers, and local entrepreneurs to help expand connectivity to underserved locations around the world. We’re currently live in India, and are expanding to other regions soon,” read the official website of Internet.org.
The signup will also be an easy process, and it may just require a Facebook account to avail this services. Once the Registration/Signup is done, the browser will then be able to take on from there.
The requirement is that the device being used on the network should comply with standard 802.11 n/ac. 802.11ac is a supercharged version of 802.11n. 802.11ac, it is dozens of times faster, and delivers speeds ranging from 433 Mbps (megabits per second) up to several gigabits per second. A user can expect better speed and performance with non-shared bandwidth connectivity to the device.