ExpressWifi , a new FacebookÂ program that lets phone ownersÂ have access to cheap internet service is coming toÂ Lagos. The WiFI hotspot which has alreadyÂ launched in India, is made possible via a partnership with local Nigerian internet service providerÂ CoollinkÂ Â and users can now sign-up for 2 weeks free trial using a special link provided below.
It will be recalled that Facebook and Mark Zuckerbergâ€™s own philanthropy has increasingly focused its attention to the continent of Africa. Today, he will beÂ attending a â€œFacebook Developerâ€™s eventâ€ in Lagos, organized to bring togetherÂ Nigerian engineers, product managers, and partners.
TechSuplexÂ reported thatÂ the service is expected to launch sometime this week, but is already available in certain places such as the Ikota Shopping Complexâ€“ and will be rolled out to other parts of Nigeria as soon as the entire Lagos State is taken care of.
The idea behind ExpressWifi by Facebook is to give mobile device owners in underserved communities access to fast and affordable internet service through partnerships with local internet service providers. Facebook is also providing a software thatâ€™ll help ISPs and entrepreneurs sell or provide internetÂ service with a 15% commission on each data sale.
This is another opportunity for ISPs and entrepreneurs to make money as they will be able to sell or provide internetÂ service with a 15% commission on each data sale through a special software provided by Facebook.
ExpressWifi by Facebook service and their costs:
Hereâ€™s a table of all the data plans currently available on theÂ ExpressWifi by Facebook service and their costs
- 100MB for N40>> 24hrs
- 300MB for N110 >> 24hrs
- 750MB for N270 >> 7 days
- 2GB for N700 >> 7 days
- 3GB for N1000 >> 30 days
- 5GB for N1600 >> 30 days
Facebook is an onlineÂ social networking serviceÂ based in Menlo Park, California, United States, which Zuckerberg and his fellow Harvard College students and roommates, Eduardo Saverin,Â Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, andÂ Chris Hughes formed on February 4, 2004.
After itsÂ initial public offering, IPO in February 2012, Facebook began selling stock to the public three months later, reaching an original peak market capitalizationÂ of $104 billion. On July 13, 2015, it became the fastest company in theÂ Standard & Poorâ€™s 500 IndexÂ to reach a market cap of $250 billion.Facebook is an onlineÂ social networking serviceÂ based in Menlo Park, California, United States, which Zuckerberg and his fellow Harvard College students and roommates, Eduardo Saverin,Â Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, andÂ Chris Hughes formed on February 4, 2004.
As of March this year, Facebook had hit overÂ 1.65 billion monthly active users out of which 7.1 million people are daily users from Nigeria. This makes the country Africaâ€™s biggest user of the social media platform.
For the adventurous who wantâ€™s to be the first to enjoy Facebooks ExpressWifi program, thereâ€™s already a site where people can sign up for a 14-day free trial (with up to 100MB per day). However, coverage areas havenâ€™t been announced yet. Weâ€™ll update this as soon as we find out where these areas are.