Google announced that Nigeria would be the first country in Africa to get its free public Wi-Fi service, CNN reports.
The company made the announcement at its Google for Nigeria event on Thursday, saying that within one year it would connect millions of people to Wi-Fi hotspots in five cities across Africa’s most populous country through its Google Station program.
The search giant will launch the hotspots in public places such as colleges, markets and bus stations in partnership with the Nigerian fiber optic company 21st Century, CNN says.
The initiative is part of Google’s Next Billion Users plan to get more people on the internet through the creation of new products and services.
“The next billion users are already changing the internet in three key ways: a mobile-only mindset, an instinct for ubiquitous computing and a demand for localized content,” said project lead Caesar Sengupta, according to CNN.
Google Station has already launched in India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand.
“We are offering new solutions to improve and expand access in Nigeria and across Africa. These launches demonstrate our commitment to Africa through products built to help people in Africa to make the most of the internet,” Google Nigeria Country Director Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor said.
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