Google launches Google Station in Nigeria to provide free Wifi
Google has launched a Google Station to provide free high-speed Wifi in Nigeria. The company made this announcement during the Google for Nigeria event where it also made a number of other announcements aimed at helping more people in the country and across Africa benefit from the opportunities the web has to offer.
The Google station in Nigeria will provide high quality, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots in partnership with 21st Century, one of the largest fiber network providers in Nigeria.
“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,” Google Nigeria Country Director, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor said. “Sites include markets, transport hubs, shopping malls, universities, and more. Nigeria is the fifth country to get Google Station, after India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Mexico.”
At the event, Google also announced the update of several products from its “Go” initiative, which was launched in the past year. The Go product suite aims to give people with low bandwidth connections and low-RAM devices the best possible Google experience. These new features include: Google Go which will soon read web pages out loud and highlight each word so users can follow along, YouTube Go where users will be able to browse downloaded YouTube Go videos, saved as .yt files, right from the gallery on their phones.
Others include Google Maps Go which will provide users with turn-by-turn directions, whether they’re traveling by car, by bus or on foot and Android Go, that was launched in Nigeria and 29 other African countries earlier this year. The Go OS gives people coming online for the first time a powerful and reliable smartphone experience.
Google also said that over 2.5 million of the 10 million Africans the company promised to train by 2022 have been trained through the Digital Skills Programme. Google has trained a further 9,000 Africans in mobile app development and Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa initiative graduated 12 promising startups from across the continent in June.
The application process of the ongoing Google Impact Challenge, part of Google’s $20m Google.org commitment to Africa over the next five years, closed with over 5,500 entries. The process of selecting the 36 finalists has begun.
“We are offering new solutions to improve and expand access in Nigeria and across Africa; these launches demonstrate our commitment to Africa through products built to help people in Africa to make the most of the Internet,” concluded Ehimuan-Chiazor.