Google is still working hard towards bringing in services that will be of great help to their users. One of their latest is Google station which is a combined effort of Google and their local partners. They team with these partners to provide FREE Wi-Fi hotspot across several locations including public places where individuals can access internet freely.
Such partners include network operators, infrastructure companies, fiber providers, system integrators, large venues, organizations and others. It is basically a “free Wi Fi for all” project. They plan to actualize it by providing hardware and software for it. The service has been made available in countries like India, Mexico, Indonesia and Thailand. Recently, its entrance into Africa, particularly Nigeria, has been announced. The service is practically free of charge.
Why is this service being launched?
- To put an end to the connectivity challenge which several countries have.
- Google wants to expand its reach in those regions using the Google Station as entry point.
Google Station in Nigeria
The Nigeria’s Google Station project has kicked off in Lagos first crowded public spots like malls, airports, parks, transport hubs, schools/universities and others. Currently, the Google Station’s free Wi-Fi hotspots are available at the Landmark Centre, The Palms Mall, Ikeja Mall, and Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA2) Domestic Airport Terminal. There is plan for extension to other locations starting with the major Nigerian cities— Port Harcourt, Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu, and Ibadan.
How does Google Station operate?
“Ads” pay the bills. The service is free for users but Google monetizes the service through local advertisers. Amazingly, money generated from Ads placements will be shared with other technical partners. Google will be placing some ads for users of the Google Station’s free WiFi through portal login pages which appears when the users open their browsers to browse.
Just like you connect to hotspots to browse on your device, You connect to the wifi hotspot at a Google Station location (say at MMA2 Airport Terminal) by putting on your own device Wi Fi and following the prompt to set it up. Then you can launch your web browser and get going! It is that simple and easy.
What do you benefit from Google Station?
- You won’t have to spend so much money before you browse because its free for its users unlike the conventional way of buying data which is not cheap.
- The Internet accessibility is not only browsing but downloading and uploading as well.
- Google station is fast (with high speed) and absolutely secure.
Majority of internet users want high speed and security out of an internet network. Google station offers this in a nutshell for free.