Cambium Networks announced on Tuesday that it is one of the first Wi-Fi vendors to join Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi Certified ecosystem, a program that allows access point manufacturers to build Wi-Fi hardware compatible with Express Wi-Fi.
Express Wi-Fi is a solution to help operators and local entrepreneurs offer fast and affordable internet access in public spaces. Express Wi-Fi seeks to help operators provide internet to those who don’t have reliable or affordable access, while at the same time enabling local entrepreneurs to build a business of their own. Express Wi-Fi is currently live in India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Headquartered outside Chicago and with R&D centers in the U.S., U.K. and India, Cambium is a vendor of wireless connectivity solutions that strengthen connections between people, places and things. Specializing in providing an end-to-end wireless fabric of reliable, scalable, secure, cloud-managed platforms that perform under demanding conditions, Cambium empowers service providers and enterprise, industrial and government network operators to build edge connectivity. Team members also contribute to social responsibility activities to serve the communities in which they live.
With Express Wi-Fi, Facebook is working with carriers, internet service providers, and local entrepreneurs to help expand connectivity to underserved locations around the world. Express Wi-Fi 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.
When people are able to purchase fast, affordable and reliable internet, they’re able to explore the range of information it has to offer including news, education, health, job postings, entertainment, and communication tools like Facebook.
“We’re excited to launch the Express Wi-Fi Certified program and have Cambium Networks as one of our early partners. 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,” said Guy Mordecai, product lead for Express Wi-Fi at Facebook. “We are proud of the progress accomplished through partnering with Cambium Networks since the inception of Express Wi-Fi Certified, helping operators to offer better Wi-Fi experiences at scale.”
“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,” said Atul Bhatnagar, president and CEO of Cambium Networks. “In line with our mission of bringing affordable connectivity to the world, we are pleased to collaborate with Facebook by enabling rapid network deployment with our Frictionless Wi-Fi cnPilot enterprise access solution. We look forward to continuing this work and invite the larger technology, finance, government and social empowerment communities to join us in connecting the approximately 3.8 billion unconnected people.”