Facebook has recently released an Android-basedÂ Express Wi-Fi app in the Google Play store and is currently available forÂ downloadÂ in Kenya and Indonesia.
This app helps users inÂ locatingÂ and purchasing internet connection from local business owners operating Wi-Fi hotspots termed asÂ â€œWi-Fi zonesâ€ in their vicinity.
People in developing nations can now get access toÂ high-speed bandwidth through these local telecoms at reasonable rates instead of paying highÂ prices for cellular connections that are mostly slow and erratic.
As opposed to Facebookâ€™s overly criticized program, Free Basics (previously knownÂ asÂ) which aimed at providing only low-bandwidth services approved by the company, Express Wi-Fi offers a complete unrestricted version of the web.
In aÂ statementÂ given to TechCrunch, a spokesperson said: â€œFacebook is releasing the Express Wi-Fi app in the Google Play store to give people another simple and secure way to access fast, affordable internet through their local Express Wi-Fi hotspots.â€
At a time when Facebookâ€™s user base is reaching itâ€™s saturation point or even declining in developed countries, this app can help in boosting its popularity in the developing nations by overcoming weak or expensive internet connectivity issues.