Google Station comes to Cape Town

 

South Africa has a population of 58.8 million people. Of those 58.8 million, only 67.7% has access to the internet. Google Station has come to change that.

On 7 November 2019, Google Station officially launched in Cape Town, South Africa in over 100 locations. Cape Town became the first city in South Africa to have Google Station. So, what exactly is Google Station and how will it benefit South Africans?

 

What is Google Station?

Google Station is a global initiative that allows partners to roll out WiFi hotspots in public places by providing software and advice on hardware to turn fiber connections into WiFi.

Google first implemented this program for India and Indonesia. By March 2018, Google Station started rolling out countries such as Mexico, Brazil and Thailand. By November 2019, Google Station had programs in eight different countries across the world. South Africa being the eighth country.

  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Nigeria
  • Thailand
  • Philippines
  • South Africa

“Google Station offers fast, free, open-access to the internet through Wi-Fi,” said David Shapiro at South Africa’s first Google event in Johannesburg.

 

How will Google Station benefit South Africa?

 

Employment

One of the biggest challenges South Africa faces is unemployment. Google Station allows people who have never had access to the internet before the opportunity to apply for jobs online.

 

School

With access to the internet, students who’ve had to go to community libraries to access the internet are now able to do their school tasks from home. They now have access to a much bigger source of knowledge. Students are also able to meet important deadlines, as information is more readily available.

 

Business

Google Station will now allow businesses in rural communities to go online! What better way to grow your business than with a strong online presence. Small businesses will be able to reach a larger audience and promote their products and services to a bigger group of potential buyers. Growing businesses mean more employment opportunities and ultimately, more people will be employed in rural areas.

 

“By gaining access to information via the internet, we hope that people in these communities will get a more equal opportunity to learn and develop, and live more empowered lives,” said Google Africa director Nitin Gajria.

 

Where in Cape Town is Google Station located?

Google Station is available in more than 100 locations across Langa, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Delft, Elsies River and more.