WorldLink Partners With Facebook Connectivity
Published on: 8 October, 2020
WorldLink Communications Ltd., the largest internet service provider (ISP) in Nepal, has announced a partnership with Facebook Connectivity using their Express Wi-Fi platform to provide fast, affordable and reliable Wi-Fi service to its users. It enables WorldLink to strengthen and support 7,500 locations out of its existing 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspot locations across Nepal and has been serving more than half a million users per month.
“WorldLink has been a pioneer in deploying public Wi-Fi to bridge the digital divide by enabling internet access to users across Nepal, including in some of the most remote areas. The partnership with Facebook and the Express Wi-Fi deployment will give a tremendous boost to this CSR initiative from WorldLink and will help the under-connected and underprivileged to leverage the benefits of internet,” said Mr. Dileep Agrawal, Chariman and Managing Director, WorldLink. “The Express Wi-Fi platform will improve our public Wi-Fi service and contribute to our vision to connect everyone, anywhere, all the time with fast, reliable and affordable internet services.”
“High quality internet access is an essential ingredient to ensuring access to jobs, education, healthcare and more,” said Karan Khara, Director – Mobile Partnerships at Facebook. “With the Express Wi-Fi platform, WorldLink is able to sustainably expand its Wi-Fi coverage in Nepal, enabling more people to get online. We look forward to our continued partnership.”
How Free Wi-Fi service helps the community and country
Study shows that, increase in internet penetration has direct incremental impact on per capita GDP of a country. As of Ashad 2077, Mobile broadband penetration rate of Nepal is 55.3% only. To reduce this vast internet penetration difference in today’s digital world, WorldLink Communications has been providing Free Wi-Fi in public places where user can use Wi-Fi hotspot service in various locations all over Nepal irrespective of their ability to pay or not. This service will help to boost the social and economic development of the country.
Initially, Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi has been introduced to boost the rural area connectivity under the WorldLink’s public Wi-Fi platform, where remote places like Halseshi Mahadev, Rasuwagadhi etc. were connected to use for public freely without paying any cost using WorldLink’s Network.
After successfully implementing for rural hotspot the next big step we took with Express Wi-Fi was to convert our existing Hotspot locations in urban cities due to the ease of Login process for user. Previously, a user had to request OTP each time to connect to the hotspot that was time consuming, burdensome process that lead to degrading user experience but after using Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi platform this lengthy Login process was trimmed down with one-time registration. Once the user is registered, the user gets automatically connected to hotspot in future. As our hotspots have KYC (Know Your Customer) policy as well as are data capped or time bound, the chances of misuse is also drastically reduced. With Express Wi-Fi, a user has clear visibility about their remaining data and time using Express Wi-Fi App which drastically improved the user experience. Due to Express Wi-Fi’s innovative technology, prompt support, user-friendly platform and positive feedback from existing users it added fuel to fire for our Public Wi-Fi service initiative. We are continuously trying to expand this service to new areas in future so that no one remains unconnected in this digital world.
In Dec. 2019, we build our hotspot in various stadiums for South Asian Games where around 25000 users connected to our hotspot during the entire event.