Speaking in Lagos on Thursday at the Google for Nigeria event, Osinbajo said the partnership will enable Nigerians benefit fully from the great power the Internet offers them as creators and co-creators. Google said with the launch of the.yt video file, downloaded YouTube Go videos will behave more like files, enabling users to also share videos via various apps or delete them in bulk. Google will partner with local services to build hotspots in places like markets, malls, bus stops, city centres, and cafés, and universities.
"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".
According to the company, the Wi-Fi will be available in 200 Google Stations across five cities in the country which includes Lagos, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Abuja by 2019.
Ehimuan-Chiazor said that entrepreneurs in Africa would create the jobs of the future, adding that the company was willing to through its Launch-pad Accelerator Africa give more than three million dollars equity free support to more than 60 early stage start-ups in the continent.
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Nigeria's Internet speed ranked 114 out of 143 countries while Kenya with the internet speed at 12.2Mbps is ranked as the highest in Africa.
Listing some of its other achievements, the company said it has trained over 2.5 million of the 10 million Africans it had promised to train by 2022, under its Digital Skills Programme. Google closed the application process with more than 5,500 entries.
With Nigeria's $68 billion telecoms sector, over 40 million people are still not connected to the internet despite efforts to make better the activities of internet operators in the country.
We will have to wait and see if Google will achieve their goals of serving millions of Nigerians with free internet, but for now the promise on saving data seems to have gotten many people excited.