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Google to stop FREE WiFi service globally

A piece of sad news for people connecting to FREE internet access via Google Stations as the US-based technology giant has decided to stop this service. 
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Google to shutdown FREE WiFi service in PH

Manila Bulletin reported that Google Station, the company's initiative allowing telcos in other countries to deploy free WiFi hotspots for public use, will be shut down within 2020 due to weak advertising revenue. 

The publication, quoting a source, said the Google Stations in the Philippines, which have now reached over 600, may be absorbed by partner telcos. 

But take note, the Google Station will not only leave the Philippines, but also in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, Nigeria, Brazil, and Vietnam.

In an issued statement, the firm acknowledged it was facing a hard time maintaining the service amid the rise of the 4G network coupled with complex and varying technical requirements.

This has made us re-evaluate our plans and we have decided to wind down the program through 2020. We are working with our partners to support our users and them to gradually transition. We remain committed to look for ways to make the internet more accessible for users around the world, Google said.

Smart Communications, meanwhile, assured its customers that they would still experience FREE WiFi connectivity. 

In light of these recent developments regarding Google Station, we would like to assure our customers that they will continue to enjoy fast, free and reliable Smart WiFi connectivity in our current locations, and that more customers will soon be able to enjoy it as well as we continuously expand the reach of this carrier-grade WiFi service to more areas nationwide. We are thankful for the partnership with Google and we look forward to our other partnerships and projects in the future, Smart said. 

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