Google rolls out free Wi-Fi access in Nigeria
By CNBC Africa
27 July 2018 | 1:36 pm
Technology Company Google is aiming to provide high-speed wi-fi hotspots in Nigeria through its Google Station in a bid to provide internet access across the country. With an initial launch in Lagos, Google plans to reach 200 locations across 5 cities by the end of 2019.
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