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Ghana Post GPS: Why pay Google $400,000 a year?
Source: Rexford Nkansah | Senior Web Developer
Date: 30-10-2017 Time: 05:10:24:am

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My name is Rexford Nkansah, a Senior Web Developer, with many years of experience in building, deploying, maintaining and upgrading web applications and servers in the cloud. I am going to talk facts. If you don’t have any facts and or enjoy facts, and live in a fantasy world, please steer clear of this article.
“Ghana to pay Google $400,000 yearly” – Why?
As per the news article, according to the Managing Director of Ghana Post, James Kwofie, the reason for paying such a huge fee is this:
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“Ghana is to pay tech giant, Google, an amount of $400,000 every year for embedding the company’s online map into the country’s newly designed National Digital Property Addressing System, Ghana Post GPS.”
The GhanaPostGPS application, both in the browser and mobile apps embed a piece of code from Google, specifically, from their Maps platform, which allows you and I to locate our homes and generate our digital addresses.
However, the question is, does embedding this Google Maps API (Application Programming Interface) cost that much?
The Facts:
Google allows businesses, governments, big organizations and anyone making lots of use of their Google Maps API to pay a fee depending on how big their usage.
According to Google Maps API usage, if you’re using their API in your mobile application, either Android or iOS, here’s what applies:
“Default 1,000 free requests per day, increased to 150,000 free requests per day after identity verification. Free uplifts for complying applications.” [Source: https://developers.google.com/maps/pricing-and-plans/] In short, if your application complies with proper use, and by a legitimate entity (which the GhanaPostGPS is, and the government of Ghana is), Google would allow for an almost unlimited amount of requests per day for their API.
From the look of the API use from above and on the Ghanapostgps website, the GPGPS team aren’t using any specialized, reserved premium option of the Google API.
In fact, what they’re using is JUST the same thing the tens of thousands of individual developers around the world could make use of, and of which we do use.
Therefore, Google is officially saying, YOU WON’T HAVE TO PAY TO USE THEIR API when used in a MOBILE application. So who or what at the GPS people paying the 400,000$ to yearly, and for what services?
For MOBILE use, it is literally free!
For use on a Website, here are what Google Maps says:
“Free up to 25,000 map loads per day.
$0.50 USD / 1,000 additional map loads, up to 100,000 daily, if billing is enabled.
Let’s do some maths then.
Let’s say, for whatever weird, impossible, and unexplainable supernatural reasons, the GhanaPostGPS website receives 100,000 daily requests, it will cost just (100,000 / 1,000) x 0.50$ = 50$ per day.
100,000 requests is a lot. In 24 hours, if an application receives 100,000 requests, then it means the GPS application on the web made precisely 69.4 requests per minute, which in turn is roughly a request per second.
Now if you think that’s remotely possible, it isn’t, because 100,000 requests simply means, 100,000 Ghanaians visited the web application once within 24 hours, or 50,000 Ghanaians visited the application twice, at different times afresh within the day. You get the point.
Fun fact: If you use Google’s Maps Embed API (as in the map from Google maps appears IN your website), the usage is UNLIMITED.
50,000 Ghanaians, visiting the web application within 24 hours? That I doubt would happen even within a year after launch or even for the next 5 years, because MANY of the users will be accessing the application from their mobile apps, and mobile app API requests, Google assures almost unlimited free use.
Now, at 50$ per day, let’s remotely assume it happened. The Web Application clocked 100,000 requests per day, that’s a total of 18,250$ per year (365 days).
Are you telling me, on a Sunday in Ghana,

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