Facebook has partnered with one of Nigeria’s Local Internet Service Provider,CoolLink to launch a program called Express Wi-Fi around the city of Lagos. The service was first implemented in India and Nigeria is the second country to get the hotspots. TechSuplex reports that, the service will be launch this week, but already in operational in some part of Lagos such has Ikota Shopping Complex.
Express Wi-Fi by Facebook is a new program that lets phone owners purchase data from local internet service providers. Their data are very cheap, compared to prevailing internet rates. Subscribers can get 5GB monthly for just N1,600. Or 100 MB for just N40.00 for a day.
Users within the Express Wi-Fi coverage area will be able to browse the sites of Facebook Free basic platform for free, but other online activity will be require a fee. The available data plans on Express Wi-Fi are listed below:
Data bundle Cost Validity
100MB N40 24hrs
300MB N110 24hrs
750MB N270 7 days
2GB N700 7 days
3GB N1000 30 days
5GB N1600 30 days
These are very cheap data plans if you ask me. Presently, their services will only be available in Lagos and will be deployed across the country eventually, as soon as the first phase which is to spread it all around Lagos is completed.
If you’re within a coverage area, you can SignUp for Express Wi-Fi a free 14 days trial here, which gives you free 100MB daily.