At the trade show event of the 2019 edition of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Facebook made a couple of announcements. Among the announcements made, Facebook said it is bringing its Express Wi-Fi program to South Africa.
According to a VentureBeat report, the company is “launching the Express Wi-Fi program in South Africa (through a partnership with telco CellC) and the Philippines (in partnership with telco Globe).”
Facebook Express Wi-Fi is an internet connectivity service by the social media giant under its Internet.org initiative. The service provides inexpensive and quality internet connection via Wi-Fi hotspots in public places.
The service has been present in Kenya, Indonesia, Tanzania, India and Nigeria as at May 2017 and recently launched in Ghana 3 weeks ago in partnership with Vodafone Ghana.
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In Ghana, it has reportedly been deployed in areas within Accra, including Nima, Maamobi, Pigfarm, Jamestown and Abossey Okai. And 100 megabytes of data on the service costs GH₵ 1.00 ($0.19) while 1 gigabyte costs GH₵ 5.00 ($0.95).
In the report, no specific date was given for the South African launch.
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