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Google Launches Wi-Fi Network In Uganda

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The more connected countries are, the better this world could be.

And Google is doing its part to make sure that more places around the globe have Internet access.

BBC News is reporting that the tech juggernaut launched its first Wi-Fi network in Uganda's capital, Kampala, as part of its initiative to expand the reach of high-speed Internet access and have more people connected.

According to the BBC, Google will empower Kampala's local Internet providers, who will charge customers for access over 120 highlighted locations in the capital. That being said, the news agency additionally reports that residents of Uganda would like to see the Internet access seep into its rural, remote areas as well.

Although the use of smartphones has increased in Africa, high-speed Internet access remains too expensive for many on the continent to enjoy.

In Uganda, 23 percent of the population has Internet access, accounting for nearly 8.5 million people, according to the BBC. Google launching a Wi-Fi network in Kampala is just part of the company's worldwide effort to connect more people with the Internet, just as fellow tech giant Facebook is doing.

The hope in Uganda and other places is that once Google initially sets up Wi-Fi networks that local companies keep Internet access affordable ... and fast, for years to come.

Google told BBC News that a day's use of unlimited Internet data in Kampala will cost 1,000 Ugandan shillings, the equivalent of 30 cents in the United States.

Between the work of Google, Facebook and Microsoft, how long will it be before the entire world has access to the Internet?

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