Alphabet expands in Africa
11 August 2017
Google is expanding its Africa initiatives, on the back of CEO Sundar Pichai’s recent trip to Nigeria.
While visiting Lagos, he announced the global internet services company’s plans to train 10 million Africans in digital skills over the next five years.
Alphabet will also increase its funding to African startups, provide $20 million in grants to digital nonprofits, and offer modified versions of products (such as YouTube) in Africa ― where internet users can face costlier data plans and slower download speeds than other Google markets.
“A lot of what we’re doing is making it easier for the average person to take advantage of the web,” Bunmi Banjo, Google’s Growth Engine and Brand Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa, told TechCrunch.
“Our CEO wants people across the continent to know that Google’s here to stay,” she said of Pichai’s visit and announcements.