Google Station, a platform for providing free, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots in public places was launched by Google in Nigeria last year in partnership with Backbone Connectivity Network, an integrated communications and data management company.
The Google Station was launched at 11 high traffic venues in Lagos in July 2018. Abuja is the second city where it was rolled out. Google free wifi in abuja can be accessed at Wuse Market, Enab Plaza and Banex Plaza. Google station for free wifi in Lagos is available at Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja City Mall, The Palms Lekki, Computer Village and the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
“Google Station is a simple set of tools to roll-out Wi-Fi hotspots and aims to bring more people fast and reliable Wi-Fi in more places where they spend time, like bus stations, shopping malls, airports and public transit stations.
“WiFi is available free of charge and partners leverage Google Station’s business model, which enables venues, system integrators, businesses and ISPs with access to fiber to setup, maintain and monetise their Wi-Fi networks.
At the official launch last year, Google Nigeria’s Head of Partnerships for Next Billion Users, Saidu Abdullahi, said that Google Station was part of Google’s vision to provide fast and affordable Wi-Fi to its next billion users.
“Today, many venues with public Wi-Fi are required to stitch a custom solution together for each separate location.
“This makes public Wi-Fi networks hard to use: the log-in process is one-off and cumbersome, the connections are slow, and many networks can be less secure.
“Venues have trouble administering a large network, providing high-quality service to users, and easily monetising its usage.
“To help solve this, Google Station offers a platform and works with ISPs, venues and hardware partners to reduce the cost of deployment, operations and ongoing support,” he said.
The Google free Wi-Fi hotspot service will be launched in 200 locations in five cities across Nigeria by the end of 2019.
How To Use Google Free Wifi in Nigeria
- Navigate to your device Settings and select Connections.
- Select Wi-Fi and turn it on.
- Locate the Wi-Fi network with the name Free Google-Station-21st Century. Click on it.
- A webpage display on your screen, with a sign in
- Select Start on the displayed webpage.
- Input your phone number in the space provided.
- You will receive a text message with a code.
- Input the code into the space provided on your device screen
- Voila! You are connected to the Google Station’s free Wi-Fi network.
In case you do not receive the SMS code, Do-Not-Disturb (DND) service may have been activated on your phone number which in turn blocks messages such as this. To receive the SMS code, you need to deactivate DND.