Facebook expands its operations in Africa by moving its Johannesburg offices into new premises to continue to provide support to Facebook advertisers, application developers and other key partners across the continent. Facebook first opened an Africa office in 2015.
According to Facebook, since 2015 the number of people connected to Facebook across Africa has grown to 42% to over 170 million monthly active users. Of these, 94% come back on mobile.
The Facebook team in Africa has grown alongside the number of people and businesses who use it and its ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs and business partners.
Facebook has partnered an Surf to launch its Express Wi-Fi service, a fast and affordable public Wi-Fi hotspot service by Facebook in Kenya. Surf has already rolled out more than 100 Express Wi-Fi hotspots in several communities in the greater metropolitan area of Nairobi.
Express Wi-Fi hotspot offers access to Facebook Flex and Free Basics, a collection of websites including content such as news, employment, health, education and local information for free while connected to the Express Wi-Fi network.
Earlier this year, Facebook also announced the construction of 770km of fiber-optic cables in Uganda in partnership with Bharti Airtel.