Facebook gears up for Express Wifi launch in India

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Less than a year after its grand attempt to connect much of India to the internet was shot down by the government, Facebook has confirmed that its new program to bring connecting to people is live in the nation. 

Facebook’s Express Wifi is now available in India, according to its website, months after the company first began testing the program in remote parts of the country

On the Express Wifi website, the company says, “we’re working with carriers, internet service providers, and local entrepreneurs to help expand connectivity to underserved locations around the worldWe’re currently live in India, and are expanding to other regions soon.” Read more…

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Facebook’s internet beaming drone Aquila is not headed to India

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Facebook is committed at bringing internet access to much of India, but the social giant won’t be using its Aquila drone to achieve it in the country. 

The high-altitude, solar-powered unmanned drone, designed to beam internet to remote parts of the world, isn’t headed to India, Umang Bedi, Managing Director, for Facebook in India and South Asia noted at a round table discussion on Wednesday. 

“Aquila is one of our connectivity efforts, which I think, is an experiment for the US only. It’s got nothing to do with India; there was some speculation, but that was speculation only,” Bedi told FactorDaily, refuting claims made in a recent media report.  Read more…

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