Facebook, within the last few months, have been working towards connecting the world through the internet in Nigeria.
Couple of months back, Facebook launched Free Basics, which was in conjunction with Airtel. Free basics basically allow users visit some certain website for free.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, who is currently in Lagos state, Nigeria, talked on the ExpressWiFi service at a Facebook live event which took place today.
Mark, specifically mentioned that it’s not just enough to provide a service, instead, the service being provided should be affordable for people to use.
The ExpressWiFi service by Facebook in collaboration with coollink, is a program that let’s phone users purchase data from local internet service providers. Facebook is basically providing software that helps local ISPs and entrepreneurs sell and provide internet service in rural areas, which can be accessed via public Wi-Fi hotspots.
ExpressWiFi is already in operation in some parts of Lagos, such as Ikota shopping complex. However, word on the street has it that the service will be available in other parts of the country after completing it’s first phrase which is making it available in most parts of Lagos state.
ExpressWiFi internet plans starts at N40 for N100MB daily which goes up to 5GB for N1600 with a validity period of 30 days.
Nigeria is actually the second country where ExpressWifi will be launched. It’s currently available in India and report has it that it’s doing better than the initially launched Free basics.
If you’d like to get on the train, there is a 14 day free trial available to first timers within a coverage location. You can sign up here.
Other coverage areas within Lagos state hasn’t been announced yet. However, that will be communicated as soon as we get them.