Facebook Launches 'Express Wi-Fi Certified' with Arista, Cambium and Ruckus

Facebook Launches 'Express Wi-Fi Certified' with Arista, Cambium and Ruckus Image Credit: Cambium Networks

Facebook unveiled on Tuesday a new partner ecosystem program called Express Wi-Fi Certified, which allows access point manufacturers to build more reliable Wi-Fi hardware and also to offer more affordable WiFi connectivity to rural and urban areas.

Three leading WiFi companies - Arista, Cambium Networks, and Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS Company - have joined the program as the initial Certified partners. 

Facebook said it developed the Express Wi-Fi Certified program to address access point limitation issues in the field with operators and entrepreneurs. Facebook has started working closely with manufacturers to build better Wi-Fi access points. These new access points help devices better detect the registration pages, which helps more people successfully connect to Wi-Fi networks, says Facebook.

Facebook partners with licensed local internet service providers, mobile network operators, and others to provide Wi-Fi services. Today, Express Wi-Fi is available with 10 partners in five countries — India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

Guy Mordecai, Product Lead for Express Wi-Fi, Facebook
Through our work with leading Wi-Fi vendors, we hope to expand the Express Wi-Fi ecosystem and accelerate innovation to provide a sustainable business model for fast and affordable Wi-Fi at a meaningful scale. 

Atul Bhatnagar, President and CEO, Cambium Networks
The Express Wi-Fi Certified program is a natural fit for Cambium Networks given our strong history of designing robust wireless networks around the world for more than a decade. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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