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Facebook to Launch Commercial Express Wi-Fi Service In India

Facebook to Launch Commercial Express Wi-Fi Service In India

August 08, 2016Wang Wei
After the failure of Facebook's Free Basics -- an initiative to provide free Internet access -- in India due to the violation of Net Neutrality principles, Facebook has reintroduced its plan to provide Internet access in rural India, but this time: The social networking giant is planning to launch a commercial WiFi service in India. Facebook is testing a WiFi service in rural India, allowing people with no internet connection to buy affordable data packages from their local internet service providers (ISPs) in order to access the Internet via local hotspots. Dubbed Express Wi-Fi , the program is in sync with Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org -- the platform Facebook used for its Free Basics to bring the Internet to all. India banned Free Basics in the country on net neutrality grounds. Net Neutrality advocates argued that by offering some websites and services for free, people are discouraged from visiting other sites. Now, Facebook has partnered with state-owned
Facebook launches OpenCellular — An open-source Wireless Access Platform

Facebook launches OpenCellular — An open-source Wireless Access Platform

July 07, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Big technology companies are in the race of bringing Internet connectivity to unconnected parts of the world through flying drones , high-altitude balloons, and laser beams , but Facebook has announced a far less expensive method to provide connectivity to rural areas. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Wednesday the creation of a new open-source wireless communication platform called OpenCellular that can be easily deployed in remote locations by anyone. OpenCellular is a doorbell-sized hardware device that could be attached to a pole or tree at a range of heights from where it can deliver a wireless network, from 2G cell-phone networks to higher speed LTE, and Wi-Fi networks like those inside your home, or local coffee shop. The device is designed to work in rural locations in conditions, including high winds, extreme temperatures, and harsh climates. But, wait! This doesn't mean that Facebook is rolling out its own broadband services. Facebook to Open-Source
Breaking — India Bans Facebook's Free Basics Service

Breaking — India Bans Facebook's Free Basics Service

February 08, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Facebook's Free Basics Internet service has been Blocked in India. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has banned mobile carriers and broadband providers to charge customers based on what services or content they access over the Internet. Under Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations, 2016, "no service provider shall offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content." With this, Facebook's Free Basics is dead in India. All Zero-Rated Internet Services are BLOCKED!  It is not just Facebook's Free Basics Internet program that has been blocked inside the country, but also the zero-rated internet services altogether. Zero-rated internet services means those services that allow people access to some websites and web services without utilizing any of their mobile data allowance. Under the new regulation, no such services are now allowed. Free Basics (previously known by Int
India temporarily Bans Facebook's Free Internet Service

India temporarily Bans Facebook's Free Internet Service

December 24, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Facebook's Free Internet access to India has hit a hurdle: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ( TRAI ) has ordered the mobile carrier to temporary suspend the Facebook's Free Basics Internet program. Facebook's Free Basics is an app that allows users to access certain Internet websites, including Facebook, for free. However, India's independent regulatory body has asked Reliance Communications – the only mobile carrier that provides Free Basics in India – to disable the free internet service temporarily while the regulator investigates whether the service violates net neutrality . Facebook's Free Basics – Free Internet for ALL Facebook introduced Free Basics ( then known as Internet.org ) app to India in February this year, offering people access to more than three dozen Web services for free. Users of Facebook’s Free Basics app must have a Reliance mobile network and are limited to a range of portals including Wikipedia, BBC New
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