Internet.org has launches its Express Wi-Fi service, lighting close to 700 Wi-Fi hotspots across the four Indian states of Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Meghalaya.
Express Wi-Fi is currently live in five countries: India, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Indonesia. Bharti Airtel will launch an additional 20,000 Express Wi-Fi hotspots over the next few months.
In addition to its partnership with Airtel, Express Wi-Fi has been deployed with ISPs AirJaldi in Uttarakhand, LMES in Rajasthan, Tikona in Gujarat, and soon with Shaildhar in Meghalaya.
Internet.org “is part of Facebook’s global initiative to spread internet connectivity,” the organization says.
“Express Wi-Fi is designed to complement mobile data offerings by providing a low-cost, high bandwidth alternative for getting online and access apps, download and stream content,” Internet.org says.
Express Wi-Fi is a paid public Wi-Fi service, sold by local entrepreneur partners at Rs 10 to Rs 20 (15 to 30 cents) for a day-long access (Rs 200 to Rs 300 for a month). The vouchers will be available to purchase through online and offline stores.