Google launches Wi-Fi project in Nigeria

Google Wi FiGoogle will launch Wi-Fi hotspots in five Nigerian cities. (Image source: Jeff Attaway/Flickr)Google has partnered with Nigerian fibre cable network provider 21st Century to roll-out free Wi-Fi hotspots in five Nigerian cities, as part of Google Station Internet infrastructure project

Google is expected to deploy about 200 Wi-Fi hotspots in places such as transportation hubs, shopping malls, universities and other public places in Nigeria by the end of 2019.

Speaking to the press, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, country director of Google Nigeria, said, “Access to the Internet in Africa is growing but it’s still limited.” About 35 per cent of Africans have access to the internet, compared to 48 per cent in Asia, 67 per cent in Latin America, 85 per cent in Europe and 95 per cent in North America, Ehimuan-Chiazor added.

Therefore, Google’s initiative focuses on bringing reliable internet connections to the people of Nigeria through these public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Google has launched similar services in India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand as well. In India, Google’s new Wi-Fi spots are currently operating in 400 railway stations.

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