Facebook will offer local hotspots via an app that can be downloaded from Google Play Store.This would be a paid service and the focus will be on developing countries where internet penetration is still poor and the most underserved territories will be chosen to offer this service.
Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi is already available in countries like Kenya and Indonesia. The service tries to make it easier for mobile phone users to get connected to the internet more easily, at affordable cost and at decent speeds.
Customers need to only download and install the app and they are good to go. In India, Facebook offers this service in the states of Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Meghalaya.The change now is the users need not go to the operator’s site using the browser to configure the settings. In the new avatar, the app in Google Play Store can be directly installed and the service availed. The app is called Express Wi-Fi.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is also proposing to create Wi-Fi hotspots across the country, which will be modeled on the Unified Payment Interface (UPI).