Facebook tests low cost wi-fi service in India

After India’s decision to ban Facebook’s free but limited Internet service, Free Basics, the social media giant is testing a fast, low-cost commercial wi-fi service in the country, according to reports.

“We are testing Express Wi-Fi program in India currently that allows customers to purchase fast, reliable and affordable data packages from their local ISP (Internet service providers) to access the Internet via local hotspots,” a Facebook spokesperson told the Economic Times of India on Monday.

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Express Wi-Fi has already completed a trial period in the country with the local state run telecom company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, and about 125 local wi-fi hotspots, the spokesperson said.

The Express Wi-Fi software is expected to help local ISP’s sell and provide wi-fi service in rural, hard to reach areas and help millions of Indians connect to the internet for the first time.

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