Friday, July 28, 2017

Google CEO Pichai Visits Nigeria, Launches YouTube Go

On his first visit to Nigeria, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, came with gifts and good news.
Pichai attended a Google For Nigeria event in Lagos yesterday (July 27) as the company launched a range of new products, including YouTube Go, an “offline first” version of the video sharing platform for users with slow internet connections.

YouTube Go will allow users preview and download videos, rather than stream, and essentially save on data costs. It's aimed at Nigerians because of the poor internet speed in the country.

Nigerian video content, led by the burgeoning Nollywood film industry and ‘Afrobeats’ pop stars, is extremely popular, but with slow and expensive internet access, some Nigerians limit their online viewing to the workplace where connections might be better according to executives at online video companies like IrokoTV, reports.

It’s certainly not lacking in potential. Even though Nigeria’s internet subscriber base has shrunk over the past year due to a regulatory clampdown on unregistered sim cards, the country still has over 91 million mobile internet users, according to regulators. However, that vast user base is largely undermined by unreliable connections across the country.

Nigeria has some of the slowest internet speeds of the major economies in Africa. Google is betting on its new data-friendly version of YouTube to help local users navigate that problem.
Below is the statistics that reveals how slow Nigerian internet speed is when compared to countries in the Middle East.

SEE ALSO... Photos From Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg Visit To Nigeria

Nigeria will become the second country where the app been launched after a beta launch later this year. YouTube Go was first launched in India in April


  1. that's will dy make the connection fast?

  2. Thanks for Your informative update

  3. Thanks for Your informative update

  4. wow I really hope they do as they promised to Nigerians because this country has suffered really very much

  5. Nice information wizy.Always current in update. Keep it up.

  6. Hmm....great update, sauce dripping!
    Thanks for the update.

  7. 3 Gbosa For Google. I'm Impress By Their Dedication To Carry All Of Their Users Along, Although One Could Argue That It Is A Response To Facebook Free basics.

  8. This is a welcome development from Google and also based on what my friend had said, it could be another response from the free basics.

    If this is well implemented, then i am gonna start using YouTube again.

  9. Thank you Google for empowering Africa

  10. thanks to google for their humanitarian assistance