In line with deepening Broadband penetration in Nigeria from thirty percent to sixty percent , private sectors have over the years deployed internet connectivity at no cost. From Facebook to Google and a lot of private small holding deploying free internet in the country. Lately , one of the foremost banks Union Bank has joined the fray in deploying super fast internet across various locations in the country.
Speaking on the event, Juliet Chaizor, Google Country Manager said that “United Bank for Africa Group partners with Google Station and 21st Century Technologies to provide free WiFi across 11 locations.”
She added that ” Our goal is to provide free internet to Nigerians across 200 locations in 2019.”
This collaboration between Union Bank and world biggest search engine – Google has positioned the bank as a youth centric and oriented bank, which is a clear departure from what the bank is known before. This moves has also placed the bank as a responsible organization that cares about the SMEs in Nigeria. The cost of internet has been identified as one of the biggest recurrent expenditure SMEs face this is after salaries and tax, the cost of super fast broadband is still high and one of the highest in Africa. Having this in view, the search engine and the bank wish to bridge this gap and place the SMEs on the path of profitability.
Anthony Emeka NWOSU
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