Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai’s visit to India last month comes with various new offerings from Google. The offerings includes WiFi access to over 400 railway stations across India and few other announcements were also made.
Today, they have introduced free WiFi service at Central station and plans to roll out this project to 100 stations across the country by year-end.
Commenting on the launch, chairman and managing director of Railtel RK Bahuguna said, “Our intent was to fulfill Indian Railways vision of providing Railway passengers access to high speed Internet through our Optical fiber communication network. Affordable smartphones have made it possible for the common men to experience the power of Internet. With our partnership with Google, we are very confident of rolling out a robust, scalable service at Railway stations in the near future.”
RailTel’s fibre optic network is being used as the backbone connecting the stations. Here’s what Rajan Anandan, VP & Managing Director, Google South East Asia and India said,
“We’re delighted to launch India’s first high speed public Wi-Fi service in partnership with Indian Railways. Bringing affordable Internet access to millions of people is an important part of making the Internet both easily accessible and useful for more than 300 million Indians who are already online, and the nearly one billion more who are not. By end of this year over 10 million people will be able to enjoy this experience at 100 stations spread across the country.”