Google has debunked the news to provide free internet access to over 10 Million Nigerians in 2018.
The Free Internet Access will only cover five (5) Cities in Nigeria. This means that not all the states in Nigeria will have access to the free internet facilities from Google.
Continue reading to know if your city is among the lucky cities for the free internet services from Google Nigeria.
The news was made known by Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor who Is the director of Google Nigeria.
According to the news, the free internet Wifi will be made available in 200 Google stations in Nigeria.
Below is the list of cities where Google Free Internet Service (Wi-Fi) will be available.
- Lagos State
- Port Harcourt
Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor said the initiative would address affordability and access to data as well as broadband penetration.
She stated that the free Wi-Fi was rolled out in partnership with an Internet Service Provider with an extensive fibre network, 21st Century, adding that the company was open to partnerships with other ISPs and telcos.
One of the challenges we found was access to data. Broadband penetration is low and is not reliable and there are challenges with affordability; just allow many Nigerians to benefit from the digital economy. We are very excited to be able to launch in collaboration with partners.
“We are starting in Lagos with four sites, and the commitment is to expand to 200 sites across five cities in Nigeria by 2019. There are opportunities that are available once people get online and are able to consume information.”
Commenting on the initiative, the Vice-President, Products Management, Google, Anjali Joshi, said the initiative would be scaled to other countries in Africa.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, in his keynote address at the event, said the Federal Government was ready to support initiatives that were in line with the Information and Communications Technology roadmap of the country.
As part of the commitment of the government to supporting technology development, he stated that an innovation centre would be unveiled at the Enterprise Development Centre of the Lagos Business School next week.
This is a welcomed development and we do hope that the Google Free Internet service will be extended to other cities with time.