Google’s free Wi-Fi service which was announced last year by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, is now available across 10 Indian railway stations. Mumbai central was the first station to witness Google’s free Wi-Fi service and now the same has been rolled out to 9 other stations namely Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Ranchi, Raipur, Vijayawada, Kacheguda (Hyderabad), Ernakulum Jn (Kochi) and Vishakhapatnam.
According to an estimate, Google’s free Wi-Fi service is likely to cater around 1.5 million users through these 10 railway stations. Users can download ebooks, watch high-definition video content or download a game using the high speed free Wi-Fi service.
Google and Railtel have been working tirelessly to roll out the free Wi-Fi service on these 10 stations and they further plan to roll out the same across 100 more Indian railway station by the year end. It is expected that these 100 Wi-Fi enabled stations will cover as much as 10 million users and will probably become India’s largest public Wi-Fi network.
Google ultimately aims to roll out its free Wi-Fi network across 400 Indian railway stations, which will make this one of the largest Wi-Fi networks across world. The free Wi-Fi will make use of Railtel’s fibre network to offer high speed internet.
According to Railtel chairman and managing director, RK Bahugana “As outlined by the Hon’ble minister Shri Suresh Prabhu – modernising and improving the amenities available to passengers of Indian Railways is big part of our focus. And we are very proud to say that Indian Railways has taken the lead to offer the best Wi-Fi network experience available to passengers today in the country. And while the service will be free for a reasonable amount of time, our long-term goal is to make this project self-sustainable to allow for expansion to more stations and places, with RailTel and other partners, in the future,”