Google’s Free WiFi Internet Now Available At 100 Indian Railway Stations In India
Google on Thursday announced the roll out of its Railwire high-speed Wi-Fi at Udhagamandalam (Ooty) station. With the availability of Google’s Railwire WiFi in Udhagamandalam station, the search giant has connected 100 of the busiest railway stations across India with free internet access. The company says that over 10 million people who pass through these stations every day can now have an access to fast Internet speed now.
Railwire WiFi, a collaboration between Google and RailTel has been one of the most ambitious projects of company CEO Sundar Pichai. Google claims that Google Railtel has over five million monthly users, and is helping millions of people to discover the benefits of high speed Internet. The company added that 15,000 first time users are connecting to its network everyday.
To recall, Google had first launched Wi-Fi services at Mumbai Central in January this year, with the aim to bring services to 400 stations eventually. Google’s Railwire WiFi is capable of streaming HD videos and is seen as ideal for downloading offline videos or ebook or a game for the journey ahead.
Gulzar Azad, country head, Connectivity, Google India said, “We’re really excited about reaching this milestone and it is an incredible feeling to look back and see how far we’ve come since we announced that we were partnering with Indian Railways and RailTel to provide Wi-Fi at 400 railway stations throughout the country. But what has really inspired us are the stories of how people are using this high-speed access to the full and open Internet. They’re using Railwire Wi-Fi to be more productive with their time and to get things done more efficiently.”
Google has announced a new tool that allows partners to roll-out WiFi hotspots in public places. Google Station is aimed to make free WiFi available at more places other than railway stations.