Social network giant, Facebook understands how important its tool is to its users.

Now, they are stepping in to ensure it does not cost an arm and a leg to use the platform.

On Wednesday, a company known as Tizeti announced a partnership to expand facebook’s Express Wi- in Nigeria, with plans to roll out hundreds of hotspots over the coming months.

The partnership was announced at one of the largest events to focus on African telecoms, media, & technology, AfricaCom 2017.

The initiative supports Facebook’s and Tizeti’s shared goal of connecting more people to the internet in a cost-efficient way.

Express Wi-Fi in Nigeria is focused in areas where people gather and work, including markets, cafes and public outdoor spaces.

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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.

“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,” commented Kendall Ananyi, CEO of Tizeti.

Also speaking, Uche Ofodile who is the Regional Head of Africa, Express Wi-Fi by Facebook, said, “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.”

He added: “We’re excited to partner with Tizeti to expand access in Nigeria and roll out hotspots in the coming months.” 

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