The Google station program will scale faster with the help of local partners.
Partnering with Google Station
The two major classes of partners are the Service providers and the Venue providers.
Service providers / Technical Partners
Service providers are the ICT companies providing the physical infrastructure for the project.
Google provides the software, tools, guidance needed to roll out WiFi in those public places.
Service providers get to monetise their public networks as well as learn more about their customers.
A Google station venue is the physical space that will act as a WiFi zone.
Venue providers will enjoy the visibility that comes with the marketing of Google Station. Also, they will be able to expand their customer offerings to include “free WiFi” services.
Google Station is at its best when they are a lot of people making use of the service. As a result, Google targets areas with high footfall traffic like open markets, airports, malls and public universities. So, I imagine a prospective venue provider would have to prove that they have (or can amass) that traffic.
“…Today we’re announcing Google Station, which gives partners an easy set of tools to roll-out Wi-Fi hotspots in public places. Google Station will provide software and guidance on hardware to turn fiber connections into fast, reliable and safe Wi-Fi zones. Users will get a fast Wi-Fi experience with a simple and unified login, while making it much easier for venues to manage their networks.We’re just getting started and are looking for a few strategic, forward-thinking partners to work with on this effort. So if you are interested in learning more about how to work with us to bring high quality WiFi to your venues, please reach out on station.google.com“
Currently, 21st Century Technologies, a leading internet service provider is the only partner. While venues include Ikeja City Mall, Computer village, UNILAG, and Lagos’s local airport. To reach their goal of being in 200 locations by the end of 2019 they definitely need more partners on board.
“We’ll be working with network operators, fibre providers, system integrators, and other partners” reads their site.
Know any of such?