Google Station is officially shutting down globally in 2020.
Something tells me you’re wondering what this is? You don’t know about it, right?
Well, 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 fibre connections into Wi-Fi.
Google station was brought into Nigeria in 2018, although the project was already in some part of the world as of 2015, like India, Mexico etc. The Google Station project was basically providing fast and cheap internet access for individuals around the world, it is similar to the Facebook Express Wi-Fi that was launched in 2016.
Google station initially launched in Lagos and was later extended to five sites in Lagos and five other states.
Now, Google has announced that it will be shutting down the Google Station program globally this year starting with India.
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.
Google’s initial plan was to make 10 million Nigerians, including Internet Service Providers (ISPs), benefit immensely from this project, but unfortunately, the project will not be seeing it actual dreams come true in Nigeria.
We will really miss the free Wi-Fi most especially in IKEJA LAGOS. Read the full statement in the blog post.