Naija Say Google!!! lol, Google had an event on Thursday, where Google announced Google Station for Nigeria; a “program to provide high quality, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots” in Nigeria.
“We are rolling out the service in Lagos today but the plan is to quickly expand to other locations,” Anjali Joshi, Google’s vice president for product management. after Google has done something similar to this in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Mexico and finally Nigeria which is the fifth country to get Google Station.
Google Station for Nigeria was launched in partnership with 21st Century Technologies; a Nigerian fibre network provider. The free Wi-Fi hotspots are currently available at the Landmark Centre, The Palms Mall, Ikeja Mall, MMA2 Domestic Airport Terminal, all in Lagos State.
According to the Country Director, Google Nigeria, Juliet Chiazor, in a post on the company’s website, she described the development as a means to help more people in Nigeria and across Africa.
”Today, at our second Google for Nigeria event, we announced more products and programs to help more people in Nigeria and across Africa benefit from the opportunities the web has to offer,” she said.
”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. Sites will include markets, transport hubs, shopping malls, universities and more.”
Most Nigerians who access the internet do so through their mobile phones or using mobile phone networks.
The company said it aimed to collaborate with internet service providers to reach millions of Nigerians in 200 public spaces, across five cities by the end of 2019.
It said it would generate cash from the service in Nigeria by placing Google adverts in the login portal. 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 but did not disclose the expected advertising revenue split.
Africa’s rapid population growth, falling data costs and heavy adoption of mobile phones has made it an attractive investment prospect for technology companies.
This was possible with our vice president meeting osinbajo had early this month at Google headquarters, silicon valley.