Google Nigeria has revealed plans in the offing to reach more than 10 million Nigerians with free Internet access.
This was made known on Thursday at the second Google for Nigeria event in Lagos.
The freebie will only be made available in 200 Google stations for residents in five cities in the country which includes Lagos, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Abuja by 2019.
Speaking at the unveiling of the Google Stations, the Google Nigeria Country Director, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, said the initiative would address affordability and access to data as well as broadband penetration.
She said 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,” she said.
She added, “We are starting in Lagos with four sites and 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 at Google, Anjali Joshi, said the initiative would be scaled to other countries in Africa.