Nigeria has partnered with Google and other service providers to boost internet connectivity in the country.
Google has already launched Google Station in 5 different locations in a bid to boost internet access in Nigeria’s biggest cities with free public WiFi.
The 5 locations are Ikeja City mall, Computer Village, Domestic Airport, The Palms, Lekki, and Landmark Center, according to Tech Moran.
“We will be partnering with Google and other technology providers to achieve the level of connectivity that will match the creativity of our people,” Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said at the Google for Nigeria event in Lagos.
By the end of 2019, Google Station will soon expand this network to 200 locations across five additional Nigerian cities; Port Harcourt, Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu and Ibadan.
Google runs similar services in India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand. Google will partner with local service providers for infrastructure and locations while it offers a cloud-based platform and devices to provide and manage hot-spots.
The wifi service is not the Google’s first internet access-focused initiative in Africa. It launched Project Link through which it builds fiber-optic networks to help local internet service providers and mobile operators provide faster broadband in Ghana and Uganda. The company is also in talks with telecom operators in Kenya to launch Project Loon, to beam internet to local users using solar-powered high-altitude balloons.
Although this initiatives will help more people come online, it also means more revenue for Google through advertising and other paid services.