Tizeti has been selected to expand Express Wi-Fi by Facebook in Nigeria, with plans to roll out hundreds of hotspots over the coming months. Facebook and Tizeti said the initiative supports their shared goal of connecting more people to the internet in a cost-efficient way.
Express Wi-Fi is currently available in five countries—Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, India, and Indonesia.
In Nigeria, Express Wi-Fi is focused in areas where people gather and work, including markets, cafes and public outdoor spaces. Using affordable internet through Tizeti’s wi-fi technology, anyone with a wi-fi capable device and the ability to receive a one-time SMS will be able to use Express Wi-Fi without switching SIM cards or having a data plan. People can connect through Express Wi-Fi on most Android and iOS phones, tablets, and laptops.
Kendall Ananyi, CEO of Tizeti, said: “We look forward to launching this partnership with Express Wi-Fi which allows us to continue our mission to bring affordable and reliable internet to more Nigerians.”
Uche Ofodile, Regional Head of Africa, Express Wi-Fi by Facebook added that Express Wi-Fi aims to reduce barriers to connectivity such as limited infrastructure and high data costs, giving more people, such as small business entrepreneurs and developers, the opportunity to connect and build community.
“We’re excited to partner with Tizeti to expand access in Nigeria and roll out hotspots in the coming months,” Ofodile said.
Express Wi-Fi plans range from N50 for 100MB to N2,000 for 10GB
In addition, Tizeti also announced that anyone connected to an Express Wi-Fi hotspot can access Facebook Flex and Free Basics, which offers people access to impactful local services, including health resources, education and business tools and more.