Google Bringing Free Wi-Fi to Train Stations in India

The network is expected to grow quickly, covering 100 of the busiest stations in India before the end of 2016.

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Google today announced that it will provide high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 train stations across India.  Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post. said in collaboration with Indian Railways—operator of one of the world’s largest railway networks—and RailTel—provider of Internet service RailWire via its fiber network—Google’s Access and Energy team aims to bring the first stations online “in the coming months” and 100 by the end of 2016, according to Pichai.  “Even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make Wi-Fi available for the more than 10 million people who pass through every day,” Pichai wrote. “This will rank it as the largest public Wi-Fi project in India, and among the largest in the world, by number of potential users.”   Pichai promised “many times faster” access than existing connections in India, allowing travelers to stream a high-definition video, research their destination, or download a book or game while they wait for the next train.  “Best of all, the service will be free to start, with the long-term goal of making it self-sustainable to allow for expansion to more stations and other places … in the future,” Pichai said.   Why India? Even though “there are now more Internet users in India than in every country in the world aside from China…there are still nearly one billion people in India who aren’t online,” Pichai said.

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