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Friday, July 27, 2018

Google to launch free Wi-Fi hotspots across Nigeria

Google on Thursday announced it would launch a network of free Wi-Fi hotspots in 200 locations and five cities across Nigeria by the end of 2019.

Google’s vice president for product management Anjali Joshi, disclosed this on Thursday at the 2018 Google for Nigeria conference which held in Lagos.

She said “in its bid to make the internet easily accessible to people in Nigeria, Google is launching Google Station for Nigeria.”

“Google station is a program that is designed to provide high quality, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots in partnership with 21st Century.”

“Google Station will be rolling out in 200 locations in five cities across Nigeria by the end of 2019, bringing Wi-Fi to millions of people.”

She stated that Google would generate cash from the service in Nigeria by placing Google adverts in the login portal.
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Although, Google did not disclose the amount invested in the new Nigeria service, the technology firm said it planned to share revenues with its partners to help them maintain and deploy the Wi-Fi service.

She stated that Nigeria is the fifth country to get Google Station, after India, Indonesia, Thailand and Mexico.

According to her, the service is aimed at countries with rapidly expanding populations.

The United Nations however estimated that Nigeria will be the world’s third most populous nation, after China and India, by 2050.

The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo welcomed efforts to improve internet connectivity in a speech at the conference on Thursday.

“Access to information means that the gap in equality and exclusion are bridged,” said Osinbajo who earlier this month met Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters.

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