MEXICO CITY – Mexico became on Tuesday the third country in the world and the first in Latin America to gain access to Google Station, a service providing free high-speed WiFi through hotspots located across the Aztec nation.
During the service’s inauguration, the director of Google’s Next Billion Users team, Anjali Joshi, said the project aims to include “users from developing countries like India or Mexico who want to gain access to information and chat with their friends, just like any other internet user.”
The program was launched in India and subsequently expanded to Indonesia.
Google set up 56 hotspots in various locations such as shopping malls and airports, where users will be able to browse the internet at a speed up to three times as fast as home WiFi networks.
In the coming months, as a result of observations regarding the service’s operation, it is expected that Google Station will expand to “many other places in Mexico,” Joshi said.
One of the service’s advantages is that, although it requires a verification process to connect to the internet, this is done with just one click and Google does not collect any information from the users.
According to Google, 77 percent of internet users in Mexico connect through mobile devices.
The marketing director of Google Mexico, Miguel Alva, said that by the end of 2018, 66 million Mexicans will have smart phones.