Google Station Nigeria is a reality resulting from Google partaking in a Co-working tech/innovation event that is fronting the Google For Nigeria Event in Victoria Island, Lagos. Google has always sought to connect Africa and help many businesses succeed. In the second day of the Google for Nigeria. The tech giant announced more products and programs to help more people in Nigeria and across Africa benefit from the opportunities the web has to offer.
GOOGLE STATIONS LAUNCHED IN NIGERIA
Google Stations Nigeria is 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. Nigeria is the fifth country in which Google is launching Google Station, after India, Indonesia, Thailand and Mexico. Nigeria is in serious need of internet access. Across Africa, while internet connectivity is gradually growing, it is still grossly insufficient and the government doesn’t care, so it is left for NGO’s and tech companies like Google. According to google research on internet access in Africa, the continent is far behind the rest of the world.
Only 35 percent of Africans have access to the web, compared to 48 percent in Asia, 67 in Latin America, 85 in Europe and 95 in North America. Many internet users in Africa don’t have Wi-Fi in their homes, relying instead on the few public Wi-Fi hotspots to connect and heavy dependence on Mobile Data to communicate and learn.
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. Currently, Lagos is the city Google is starting with. Below you will find five locations in Lagos that you can use Google Station free Super Speed Wi-Fi:
- Ikeja City Mall
- Computer Village
- Domestic Airport
- The Palms
- Lekki Landmark Center.