Google's free public Wi-Fi initiative expanded to Africa

Nigeria's vice president Prof Yemi Osinbajo at the launch of Google Station 'fast Wi-Fi for everyone' initiative in Nigeria on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, will be the first on the continent to receive Google's free public Wi-Fi service, the company has announced.

The Google Station iniitiative is already live in five countries globally and will connect millions of users via 200 Wi-Fi hotspots spread across five cities in Nigeria within one year, the company said at its Google for Nigeria event Thursday.
Google is not deploying its moonshot Project Loon to provide connectivity, instead, it is partnering with Nigerian fiber optic telecoms service provider 21st Century to roll out Wi-Fi spots at public places such as colleges, malls, markets and bus stations.