Facebook Launches Express Wi-Fi Android App to Connect Developing Countries to the Web

Like a lot of you might have heard that Facebook was planning to launch its own internet service, this news confirms that the strategy of the company is finally live and into play, as they introduce their Express Wi-Fi service which will allow mobile phone users in developing country to buy cheap data. Facebook launched the latest ‘Express Wi-Fi’ app recently which is going to enable users to establish a web connection via Wi-Fi by carrier provided connectivity in an affordable manner rather than buying data at expensive rates from telecom companies. The app is presently available in Kenya and Indonesia only.


The prospects for the app above looks good in India as it’s promised to be available across 700 Wi-Fi hotspots in Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Meghalaya. Even though the Facebook Express Wi-Fi service has existed for quite some time now but to connect to the service, the user was required to open their web browser or download an app from their respective telco. However, this single app by Facebook eliminates the need to do either of the above things and eases things for the user by enabling them to buy data packs and also by helping them discover Wi-Fi hotspots nearby.

TechCrunch received the update of the app rollout first-hand by a Facebook spokesperson who said: “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.”. The release of a single app instead of the requirement of multiple telco specific app is now expected to speed things up for the Express Wi-Fi program. This app is going to provide a much stable, secure and fast way to connect to the internet, buy data and discover hotspots nearby.

Like we said Express Wi-Fi is an appreciable step by Facebook to connect the deepest part of the developing countries to the internet. Things look to be going smoothly for Facebook, unlike last time when they were slammed by the Trai for launching FreeBasics, which violated the terms of net neutrality. Now it is to be seen how Facebook plans to expand their network in India and in other developing countries.

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March 16, 2018 8:48 pm 8:48 PM

FreeBasics by FB violated net neutrality right from the get go and it just shows that FB takes rights for granted & that too of people (users) of a poor country. I was never on FB nor do I feel the need to because it’ll keep trying to trespass into my privacy rights. This Express-WiFi for anyone who needs Wi-Fi seems to follow the rules of privacy.

March 17, 2018 2:06 pm 2:06 PM

Never trusted FB (Stopped using it long time back) and now thinking of leaving WhatsApp.
Better alternate apps should come up that respect privacy of users.

March 17, 2018 9:39 pm 9:39 PM

Karmayogi – Try out the ‘Signal’ app by Open Whisper Systems in place of Whatsapp. This is ideal for security, privacy & encryption.

Mr. Futurist
March 19, 2018 2:40 am 2:40 AM

The problem is that it is not easy to switch chatting apps.. Because you don’t chat with yourself. You also need your contacts to move out with you. That’s the biggest problem otherwise I’d have moved to Telegram ages ago.

March 18, 2018 10:57 am 10:57 AM

Thanks Prithvi
Will soon try ‘Signal’ app.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
March 16, 2018 11:20 pm 11:20 PM

I read a long time back that Facebook tracks your every move online even though you don’t use FB at all. That was freaky.

Indian S
March 17, 2018 8:41 pm 8:41 PM

Do you know that Google and their Android are the Biggest Privacy Stealers. They Track You So much that Even Your Wife or Your Parents don’t know so much about You, That Google knows about You. We have do Something about this Soon. Google has Monopolized the Mobile Market through Android and Doing “Manmaani” with User’s Privacy.

Who are All Agree with Me?

March 17, 2018 10:00 am 10:00 AM

That is correct. You can sign up & then delete the FB account altogether BUT post deletion, FB doesn’t leave you. It just needs that one sign up for it to not need you later because they get to know your browsing habits whether you are on FB or not. You are correct – that is creepy on high level. That’s like finding out your tenant still lives in your rented apartment despite eviction. FB violates many rules which the herd mentality users don’t understand.

Priyansh Singh
March 17, 2018 9:44 am 9:44 AM

How? Even if you aren’t on their Platform?

March 17, 2018 9:40 pm 9:40 PM

Google it and refer to reliable websites .. you’ll know. Besides, this was reported on major TV channels in India too.

March 17, 2018 3:53 pm 3:53 PM

Like Google they own ad servers which cater to most websites, so they know which pages you visited, for how long etc