Facebook expands Express Wi-fi program in Ghana, after Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania

Facebook, in partnership with mobile operator Vodafone, launched the Express Wi-fi program in Ghana. It is a network of high-speed wireless Internet access points, deployed to allow people in areas not covered by the fiber optic network, quality Internet access. The launch of Express Wifi by Facebook in Ghana comes nearly a year after the launch of the same service in Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania.

As part of this initiative, Vodafone Ghana has already deployed Wi-Fi kiosks in specific locations in Accra, the capital including Nima, James Town, Maamobi, Pig Farm, Abossey Okai. At the launch of the service on 1 st  February 2019, Yolanda Cuba, executive director of Vodafone Ghana, indicated that through Express Wi-fi – which is a demonstration of the company Telecom Action Strategy the access of the majority of the population to the Internet of quality – the objective is to contribute to the digital transformation of the country desired by the government.

For Facebook, Express Wi-fi is an opportunity to increase its presence in Africa, in line with its ambition to connect 1.5 billion more people around the world. The American company, by widening its presence on the continent, also ensures a wider diffusion of its services like Free Basics.

Source: Agence Ecofin