Facebook ‘Express Wifi’ Service Being Tested in India

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HIGHLIGHTS
Facebook revealed Express Wifi is under pilot run
Reportedly Express Wifi is being offered at 125 rural Wi-Fi hotspots
Facebook plans to expand the Wi-Fi service to other regions as well
Facebook may have faced disappointment earlier this year with its Free Basics project being shut down by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), but that hasn’t stopped the social giant from testing its new Wi-Fi service in India.

Facebook has confirmed that it is testing the Express Wifi service with multiple ISPs (Internet service providers) in the country. BBC reports that Facebook’s Express Wifi is under a pilot run, and is currently being offered at 125 rural Wi-Fi hotspots. The social giant in a statement confirmed that the Wi-Fi service testing is being carried out with “multiple local ISP partners”. Facebook intends to expand the availability of its Express Wi-Fi to other regions soon, it told the publication.

“With Express Wifi, 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,” says the official Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi page.