Google said on Thursday that it has partnered with Nigerian fibre cable network provider 21st Century to provide its public Wi-Fi service. Google drive has also been launched in countries like India, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, and it strategically makes sense that the most populous country in Africa would be next.
"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 for Nigeria in its second year made some big announcements aimed at helping more people in Nigeria, and across Africa to benefit from the opportunities the web has to offer".
"Many internet users in Africa don't have Wi-Fi in their homes, relying instead on the few public Wi-Fi hotspots to connect, communicate and learn".
Google's Vice-President for Product Management Anjali Joshi speaks to Reuters during an interview, a day before the launch of Google free wifi project in Lagos, Nigeria July 25, 2018. Hear him; "We will be partnering with Google and other technology providers to achieve the level of connectivity that will match the creativity of our people".
This includes the job search feature launched in March in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, and a search experience in collaboration with experts at the University of Ibadan that allows users explore health conditions based on symptoms.More news: Parts of Yosemite National Park closing due to Ferguson Fire
Over 2.5 million of the 10 million Africans Google promised to train by 2022 have been trained through the Digital Skills Programme.
Bringing internet to the entire world is something that Google has always been interested in.
The first Google Station was announced in 2016 in India in partnership with the India Railways.
Most Nigerians who access the Internet do so through their mobile phones or using mobile phone networks.
On the choice of Nigeria now, Ehimuan-Chiazor said the country is an important market for Google and the largest market in Africa, saying that the target was to develop the technology ecosystem and later scaled to other part of Africa.