Google has commenced the project ‘Google Station’, (‘A project to provide high quality, high speed, Wi-Fi hotspots in Nigeria’) of making available to ten million Nigerians Wi-Fi facilities for free in 200 sites in Nigeria and by the end of 2019, aims at other five states (Kaduna, Port Harcourt- Rivers, Ibadan-Oyo, Enugu and Abuja).
Presently, they have launched in Lagos, in five public locations-University of Lagos, Computer Village, Ikeja Mall, The Palms, MM2 and as many more public locations as possible will be launched – malls, bus stops, city centers, cafe’s, universities, for consistent Wi-Fi experience during daily activities.
Google station is partnering with 21st century, a leading ISP in Nigeria. Nigeria is the first country to launch Google station, following India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand.
This project is primarily targeted at countries where the next billion internet users are set to come from, aimed to give users fast, secure and easy to use Wi-Fi experience.
Nigeria is the first country to launch Google station, following India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand.
Nigeria is an important market for Google and the largest market in Africa and the target was to develop the technology ecosystem and later the other parts of Africa.
The security aspect has been fortified and encrypted to guard against any breaches.
This project will help the country scale the 30% broadband target set by the Federal Government this year. The access to unlimited internet would help pursue social and developmental objectives by creating jobs, helping SME’s and more.