The cost of access to internet in many part of Nigeria has had a negative effect on the country. Internet in Nigeria is far more expensive than some other African countries, which is why “Google Station” recently launched by Google at the Google for Nigeria event makes sense.
According to a blog post by Google, there is a limited access to Olathe internet in Africa. Citing 35 percent of Africans having access to the web, compared to 48 percent in Asia, 67 in Latin America, 85 in Europe and 95 in North America. Also going further that many internet users in Africa don’t have Wi-Fi in their homes, relying instead on the few public Wi-Fi hotspots to connect, communicate and learn.
This led to the launch of Google Station for Nigeria. “Today, we’re announcing Google Station for Nigeria: a program to 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. Sites will include markets, transport hubs, shopping malls, universities and more. Nigeria is the fifth country in which we’re launching Google Station, after India, Indonesia, Thailand and Mexico.”
Hopefully, Google Station would do well to reduce the pain points that comes with trying to access the internet in this part of the world. Recall that last year, Facebook partnered Tizeti to launch the Facebook Express Wi-Fi hoping to reach this same aim.