Tizeti, a startup with solar-powered Wi-Fi towers in Nigeria, has entered into a partnership with Facebook to deploy affordable Wi-Fi services across Nigeria. The partnership announced at AfricaCom on 8 November 2017 will see Tizeti expand Express Wi-Fi by Facebook in Nigeria.
Tizeti is a Y-Combinator alumni and is currently part of the inaugural cohort of 20 startups participating in the World Bank Group's XL Africa acceleration program,
Tizeti Wi-Fi coverage map.
“We look forward to launching this partnership with Express Wi-Fi which allows us to continue our mission to bring affordable and reliable internet to more Nigerians,” said Kendall Ananyi, CEO at Tizeti.
The Nigerian startup has also indicated to iAfrikan that users can expect Internet connection speeds of a minimum of 5 Mbps on the Express Wi-Fi offering.
“Express Wi-Fi aims to reduce barriers to connectivity such as limited infrastructure and high data costs, giving more people, such as small business entrepreneurs and developers, the opportunity to connect and build community. We’re excited to partner with Tizeti to expand access in Nigeria and roll out hotspots in the coming months,” said Uche Ofodile, Regional Head of Africa, Express Wi-Fi at Facebook.
The plan, according to both companies, is to roll out hundreds of Wi-Fi hotspots over the coming months across Nigeria. In addition, anyone connected to an Express Wi-Fi hotspot can access Facebook Flex and Free Basics, which offers people access to impactful local services, including health resources, education and business tools and more.
Part of what makes Tizeti unique is their solar-powered Wi-Fi towers which they have deployed in Lagos. As the company also explains, using solar-powered Wi-Fi towers helps them leverage the plummeting cost of solar panels and its low operating expense to power its base stations and passes the savings to its customers.