Google has got its eyes on the Philippines.
The tech giant has announced that they will be bringing their Google Station program to the country during their conference which took place on February 13.
Google Station is an initiative that provides free WiFi hotspots to developing countries. These stations will be set up in populated areas like train stations, airports, bus stations, and more.
Philippines is not the first country to get Google Station, their WiFi hotspots have already been set up in countries like India, Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Thailand.
If you’re wondering when Google will set the system up, it’s actually happening sooner then you think.
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)
The company plans to get these stations live by the end of February and it will cover 50 locations, the majority of them will be located in Manila and Quezon City.
The rest of the country will get Google Stations installed throughout 2019.
Citizens will get access to free 30 minutes of internet. After the allocated time, they would need to sign in again if they wish to continue.
Google will team up with telco companies PLDT and Smart Communications to set up the infrastructure and it will run on ads sponsored by Unilever which owns over 400 brands.
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