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Google Stops Free WiFi Programme Called “Google Station” in South Africa

Google quits free WiFi service in SA, 3 months after launch

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Google is ditching its global free WiFi in South Africa. Pixabay

Within three months of its launch, Google is ditching its global free WiFi programme called Google Station. This includes its partnership with Think WiFi in South Africa.

“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 was quoted as saying in a statement by mybroadband.co.za on Saturday.

In November 2019, the tech giant had announced at a glitzy event in Sandton, Johannesburg that it was launching Google Station — its network of free public WiFi hotspots — in South Africa, with the first hotspots in the Western Cape.

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Google is not going to continue its service in South Africa and will hand over operations to its partner Think WiFi through this year. Pixabay

At launch, it had 125 locations across Cape Town, particularly in underserved areas on the Cape Flats.

The tech giant is not going to continue its service in South Africa and will hand over operations to its partner Think WiFi through this year.

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“The launch of the free WiFi initiative in the Western Cape has been more successful than anticipated and plans are already underway to roll free WiFi out to the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, and some areas in Mpumalanga,” Think WiFi CEO Janine Rebelo was quoted as saying in the report. (IANS)

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Google Brings a New Update to its Chat App Duo

Google Duo increases group calling limit to 12 participants

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Google increased the maximum number of participants to 250 for G Suite and G Suite for Education subscribers. Pixabay

Google has updated its popular Duo chat app by increasing the group video user limit from 8 to 12 people into a single group call to help more people stay connected and practice social distancing.

The new 12-person limit compares to eight for house party, 32 for Apple’s FaceTime, 50 for Skype and Messenger, and 100 for Zoom’s free tier.

“We are grateful that Duo is helping users see their loved ones all around the world. We recognize group calling is particularly critical right now. We have increased group calling from 8 participants to 12 effective today. More to come,” Google’s senior director of product management Sanaz Ahari Lemelson tweeted on Friday.

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Last year, Google added group calling to Duo with an eight-party limit. Pixabay

She also hinted at more changes that would come soon, without getting into the details.

The change is already effective but currently it unclear whether it will be reverted once everything goes back to normal or whether it’s here to stay.

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Last year, Google added group calling to Duo with an eight-party limit.

Additionally, Google also recently increased the maximum number of participants to 250 for G Suite and G Suite for Education subscribers. (IANS)