Tech Giants, Google announced the launch of Google Stations across the federation last year August, According to Anjali Joshi, VP product management at Google, the program will fix connectivity challenges in the country before the tail end of 2019.
Google Station since then, has rolled out new 200 Wi-Fi hotspots across five additional Nigerian cities, apart from Lagos —Port Harcourt, Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu, Ibadan — in partnership with local ISP, 21st Century Technologies before the end of 2019.
In Lagos, the hotspots are available at Computer Village Ikeja, MMA2 Domestic Airport, The Palms Mall and Landmark center airport, University of Lagos, Landmark Event Centre, The Palms Shopping Mall and Ikeja City Mall.
As part of its plan to roll out across the northern part of Nigeria, the hotspots are available in the capital city of Abuja in places like the Wuse Market, Enab Plaza and Banex Plaza.
Nigeria is the fifth country where Google is launching the program, after India, Indonesia, Thailand and Mexico. Facebook launched a similar program (Express Wi-Fi) in 2016 to provide access to affordable internet in Nigeria.
This isn’t Google’s first internet access-focused initiative in Africa. In Ghana and Uganda, it has launched Project Link through which it builds fiber-optic networks to help local internet service providers and mobile operators deliver faster broadband. The company is also in talks with telecom operators in Kenya to launch Project Loon.
And it’s more than welcome. Google Station’s (proposed) speed of 30Mbps far exceeds the 1.86 Mbps average internet speed in Nigeria. But Google is well aware of Nigeria’s internet speed limitations: last year, during his first visit to Nigeria, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai launched YouTube Go, an “offline first” version of the popular video sharing platform for users with slow internet connections.