Google high-speed pub­lic Wi-Fi at 400 train sta­tions

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“In line with his (Modi’s) Dig­i­tal In­dia ini­tia­tive, we (Google) an­nounced a new project to pro­vide high-speed pub­lic Wi-Fi in 400 train sta­tions across In­dia,” said Sun­dar Pichai, CEO, Google.

Work­ing with In­dian Rail­ways, which op­er­ates one of the world’s largest rail­way net­works, and RailTel, which pro­vides In­ter­net ser­vices as RailWire via its ex­ten­sive fiber net­work along many of th­ese rail­way lines, Google’s Ac­cess & En­ergy team plans to bring the first sta­tions on­line in the com­ing months.

The net­work will ex­pand quickly to cover 100 of the busiest sta­tions in In­dia be­fore the end of 2016, with the re­main­ing sta­tions fol­low­ing in quick suc­ces­sion.

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. 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.

It will also be fast—many times faster than what most peo­ple in In­dia have ac­cess to to­day, al­low­ing trav­el­ers to stream a high def­i­ni­tion video while they’re wait­ing, re­search their des­ti­na­tion, or down­load some videos, a book or a new game for the jour­ney ahead.

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, with RailTel and more part­ners, in the fu­ture.

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