It will be the sixth country to benefit from the initiative.
Google Station is an initiative that aims to bring free and fast internet access in developing countries. It was first brought in India in 2016 and has been expanded to other countries including Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, and Nigeria. Now, the Philippines is the sixth country to benefit from the initiative.
During the ‘Google for Philippines’ conference, it was revealed that Google Station will be live in 50 locations across the country by the end of this month, giving free, open and high-quality internet service in airports, metro stations, and other public places.
Coming soon: Filipinos will have access to FREE, OPEN, and HIGH QUALITY internet in airports, train stations, and many others. Google Station will be live in 50 locations across the country by end Feb. Thanks to our partners Smart & PLDT for making this possible. #Google4PH pic.twitter.com/egzptP0nTe
— Google Philippines (@GooglePH) February 13, 2019
Google Station in the Philippines was made possible through local carrier partners in the country. It also announced Unilever as the initiative’s first ad partner because connecting to a free hotspot means you will still get ads.
Internet connectivity in developing countries has always been a problem and initiatives like Google Station could hopefully bring accessible internet to anyone and anywhere.