During the 2019 edition of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Facebook made some announcements. Among the announcements made, Facebook said it was introducing its Express Wi-Fi program in South Africa.
According to a VentureBeat report, the company “is launching the Express Wi-Fi program in South Africa (in partnership with Telco CellC) and the Philippines (in partnership with Telco Globe)”.
Facebook Express Wi-Fi is an Internet connectivity service from the social media giant as part of its Internet.org initiative. The service provides a cost-effective and quality Internet connection via Wi-Fi hotspots in public places.
The service has been operating in Kenya, Indonesia, Tanzania, India and Nigeria since May 2017 and was recently launched in Ghana 3 weeks ago in partnership with Vodafone Ghana.
In Ghana, it is reported to have been deployed in Accra areas, including Nima, Maamobi, Pigfarm, Jamestown and Abossey Okai. And 100 megabytes of service cost data GH₵ 1.00 ($0.19) and 1 gigabyte costs GH₵ 5.00 ($0.95).
In the report, no specific date was given for the launch in South Africa.