As part of efforts to increase its presence in Africa’s most populous nation in places like markets, transport hubs, shopping malls, universities and more; Google recently announced it would launch a network of free Wi-Fi hotspots in 200 locations and five cities across Nigeria by the end of 2019.
According to the Country Director, Google Nigeria, Juliet Chiazor, in a post on the company’s website, she described the development as a means to help more people in Nigeria and across Africa.
Most Nigerians who access the internet do so through their mobile phones or using mobile phone networks.
In Q4 2017, active GSM internet subscriptions in Nigeria stood at 98,391,456, representing a 5.82 per cent growth from the previous quarter’s 92,975,682 active subscribers, according to the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Internet subscriptions were on an increasing trend throughout the year 2017, recording a 7.1 per cent growth in subscriptions between December 2016 and December 2017.
Lagos State recorded the highest active GSM internet subscriptions within the country, with 13,631,562 representing 13.81 per cent of all active internet subscriptions.
This would make the already global village smaller but then again, what would be the impact on telecommunication companies?