MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Alphabet’s Google mentioned on Tuesday that it’ll launch a community of free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout Mexico, a part of the search large’s effort to enhance connectivity in rising markets and put its merchandise within the fingers of extra customers.
Google Station, an ad-supported community of Wi-Fi hotspots in high-traffic areas, is launching in Mexico with 56 hotspots and others deliberate, the corporate mentioned.
Mexico shall be Google Station’s third market following India and Indonesia, and the primary in Latin America.
Mexico has made nice strides in connectivity since a 2013-14 telecom reform meant to loosen the grip of billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil, which has lengthy dominated the market.
From 2013 to 2016, the variety of individuals accessing the Web in Mexico rose by 20 million, in accordance with a report final fall by the Group for Financial Co-operation and Improvement. Nonetheless, the nation lags behind different OECD nations by way of web entry, the report mentioned.
“We’re discovering that public Wi-Fi stays nonetheless an important method to get on-line,” Anjali Joshi, a vice chairman for product administration at Google, informed reporters.
She added that Google noticed Mexico as an excellent entrypoint for the product in Latin America. Mexico-based SitWifi offered gear for the hotspots.
Google’s preliminary batch of Wi-Fi zones is scattered throughout the nation, from the Ciudad Juarez airport on the U.S. border to posh procuring facilities in Mexico Metropolis.
Google Station now counts roughly eight million customers a month in India, the place this system started in 2016.
Reporting by Julia Love; Extra reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Modifying by Sandra Maler