In an unfortunate turn of events, Google Station is shutting down worldwide. This Google project includes the company’s global free wifi programme, which South Africa has been included as a partner in.
It’s been just three months since the announcement in Johannesburg.
“Since we first started, the ecosystem has evolved and combined with complex and varying technical requirements across countries and partners, we have been re-evaluating our plans and have decided to wind down Station through 2020,” Google South Africa told MyBroadband.
“We are transferring our Station operations in South Africa to Think WiFi, who will now carry out the project independently.”
At the launch it had 125 locations across Cape Town, particularly in underserved areas on the Cape Flats.
“We’ll work with Think WiFi on a plan to transition the service to them, and continue to support them until the end of 2020,” it said.
According to MyBroadband, Think WiFi said Google Station has already reached over a million people in South Africa, and the ISP sees a gap in the market to become the new preferred service provider for free Wi-Fi.
ThinkWiFi have assured customers that the services will continue as they are used to.
“The launch of the free Wi-Fi initiative in the Western Cape has been more successful than anticipated and plans are already under way to roll out free Wi-Fi to the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and some areas in Mpumalanga,” it said.