Did you catch the news a few days ago about Facebook launching a Wi-Fi app? This was first spotted by TechCrunch on March 15th. As they reported: "This week TechCrunch was tipped off that Facebook had quietly launched an Express Wi-Fi Android app in the Google Play store that lets users buy data packs and find nearby hotspots as part of Facebook’s distributed Wi-Fi network. The company’s Express Wi-Fi program is live in five developing countries that see local business owners operating Wi-Fi hotspots where people can pay to access higher-speed bandwidth via local telecoms instead of paying steep prices for slow cellular data connections."
Why is Facebook offering this service? The obvious answer is there is a significant demand for low-cost internet access, not just in developing countries, but globally. Wi-Fi offers a simple, cost-effective way to access broadband services. We have quite a number of Operators using the Accuris Wi-Fi connection manager app (eClient) to help users easily find and connect on Wi-Fi securely. In addition, as Passpoint networks are deployed (note our recent blogs and news of Passpoint in Spain and Mexico), no app is needed to access Wi-Fi securely. Passpoint simplifies the on-boarding, eliminating the oft-frustrating landing pages. That said, a Wi-Fi client/application still offers great benefits including:
We will continue to see proliferation of Wi-Fi applications, like Facebook's and others, while broadband demand remains unmet and Wi-Fi networks undergo upgrading to Passpoint. At Accuris Networks, we are proud and excited to be an integral part of the entire roadmap.
For the TechCrunch article, go to : https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/15/facebook-express-wi-fi-app/