(Reuters) – Google has begun a network of free Wifi hotspots in Nigeria, to increase its presence in Africa’s most populous nation.
Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo revealed that Nigeria has collaborated with Google and other service providers to boost internet connectivity in the country.
He said, “We will be partnering with Google and other technology providers to achieve the level of connectivity that will match the creativity of our people.”
Google Station locations will include areas such as malls, airports, and schools. It has already launched in five locations in Lagos includes Ikeja City mall, Computer Village, Domestic Airport, The Palms, Lekki, and Landmark Center.
The service will be expanded to 200 locations across five additional Nigerian cities – Port Harcourt, Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu, Ibadan by the end of 2019.
Google has already launched similar services alongside local service providers in India, Indonesia, Mexico, and Thailand.
The wifi service is not the Google’s first internet access 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 provide faster broadband.