Surf, an Internet Service Provider that allows users in Kenya to access and subscribe to affordable internet services has partnered with Facebook to launch Express Wi-Fi in Kenya.
Surf is a product of Boelist Investments in partnership with Access Kenya to offer affordable, high-speed internet
“Express Wifi empowers local entrepreneurs to help provide quality internet access to their neighbors and make a steady income. Working with local internet service providers or mobile operators, they’re able to use software provided by Facebook to connect their communities,” the Facebook website said. Express Wifi, also part of Facebook‘s Internet.org initiative, differs from Free Basics program that received a lot of flak last year in India. Free Basics was banned by the Indian government earlier this year on grounds of violating net neutrality. With Free Basics, Facebook was offering customers with unlimited access to select services.
Users may purchase bundles through the Surfspot site or Authorized Agents. The data bundle plans can be used on wifi enabled devices such as mobile smartphones, tablets, computers and can be purchased for daily, weekly or monthly use.
Surfspot Data bundles can also be be purchased using M-Pesa via Lipa Na M-Pesa Till # 199265.There are no M-Pesa surcharges in addition to the published plan rates.