Do you still remember Google Station free introduced sometimes back in 2016 in some parts of the world, and 2018 in Nigeria?
Google station is a service that allows Google partners to roll out free Wi-Fi hotspots in public places by providing software and advice on hardware to turn fiber connections into Wi-Fi. Today Google has announced that it has decided to shut down the Google Station program globally this year.
You’ll recall here that Google station was launched in Lagos, Abuja and plans were being put in place to make the free Wi-Fi facilities available in about 200 sites in Lagos and five other states. But it appears the plans have been shifted and this is the end of Solomon Gandhi.
Google in a statement said that getting online has become much simpler and cheaper compared to five years ago since mobile data plans have become more affordable and mobile connectivity is improving globally, and mobile data per GB is the most affordable in some parts of the world, especially in India and Nigeria.
At least you can confidently get 1GB for N100, 6GB for N1500 and so on using some network.
Google’s initial plan was to make 10 million Nigerians, including Internet Service Providers (ISPs), benefit immensely from this project. The other states that were supposed to benefits from the project include Kaduna; Port Harcourt (Rivers state); Ibadan (Oyo state); Enugu and Abuja.
But now, Google station is shutting down this year… You can read the full statement here.
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