Facebook has unveiled an Express Wi-Fi app for Android smartphones to go along with its distributed Wi-Fi network. It allows users in developing countries access its paid Wi-Fi service. Basically, this is a carrier-provided connectivity service that claims to provide “affordable Internet.” As of now, the app is available in Indonesia and Kenya.
Earlier, users would have to open a mobile browser or get an app from a telecom company to access the Facebook Express Wi-Fi. But now the app is available on Google Play which makes easier to find nearby hotspots.
Facebook has launched the Express Wi-Fi service in India last year. The company had announced the service to be available via nearly 700 hotspots across four states – Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Meghalaya. A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed that the app rollout to TechCrunch, saying, “Facebook is releasing the Express Wi-Fi app in the Google Play store to give people another simple and secure way to access fast, affordable internet through their local Express Wi-Fi hotspots.”
Express Wi-Fi offers a paid full version of the Internet. Facebook has launched the Express WiFi on Free Basics in the past but Indian telecom regulator TRAI had rejected the scheme because of its violation of net neutrality.