Facebook Express Wi-Fi – Increasing its focus on India, social media giant Facebook has launched its Express Wi-Fi service in the country. The service was under testing in India since last year. Facebook has also partnered with Bharti Airtel to launch 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in the country.
Facebook’s APAC region head Munish Seth said that the partnership with Airtel is aimed at increasing the use of Express Wi-Fi service in India. The service falls under Facebook’s internet.org initiative. For now, it’s reportedly available in Meghalaya, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan. The service is already available in Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya and Indonesia.
The company says it will be expanding the reach of Express Wi-Fi in India. Last year, Facebook started working with local internet service providers to offer limited users access to quality internet.
“We are delighted to be a part of this initiative to provide affordable access to high speed data to users across India, particularly in the underserved segment. We believe this will help in empowering millions of Indians by bringing them online and contribute to the Government’s Digital India vision,” Ajai Puri, chief operating officer (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said in a statement.
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The announcement comes right at the time when Facebook released its Q1 2017 financial results. The social media giant also brought ‘Reactions’ to comments in its main app and desktop website.
“We’ve heard from people that they’d like more ways to show their reaction in conversations on Facebook, so we’re rolling out the ability to react to comments,” said a company spokesperson to Adweek website.