Tizeti partners Facebook to expand Wi-Fi in Nigeria

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Tizeti has said to boost innovation further in Nigeria, the country needs a well-functioning Wi-Fi system, which it has been trying to provide through its solar-powered towers.

The startup announced today that it is partnering with Facebook to expand the social network’s Express Wi-Fi offering in Nigeria, thus providing internet access to even more people in the country.

Facebook launched Express Wi-Fi to help expand connectivity to undeserved locations around the world by working with carriers, internet service providers, and local entrepreneurs. The partnership with Tizeti aims to provide a fast and affordable public Wi-Fi hotspot service in Nigeria in such areas as markets, cafes, and public outdoor spaces.

Despite weak infrastructure and poor power supply, Nigeria stands out as one of Africa’s top tech hubs — something that was confirmed last year when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited the capital, Lagos.

Tizeti already has 60 solar-powered Wi-Fi towers across Lagos that provide high-speed, unlimited Wi-Fi access to two-thirds of the city, according to Tizeti cofounder and CEO Kendall Ananyi. The chief executive and his team found a smart way to cut down on costs: rely on solar energy rather than diesel.