Google India partners with RailTel to provide Wi-Fi at 400 railway stations



Google chief executive officer Sundar Pichai, who is visiting India, has announced a slew of measures, including partnering with Indian Railways to improve web connectivity for providing Wi-Fi to users at 400 railway stations.

This is the world’s biggest public Wi-Fi project and even as we speak, work is on to provide Wi-Fi at Mumbai Central, he said. Once people have access to web, we want to make sure they get right information. The project will be operational with provision of Wi-Fi in 100 railway stations in 2016.  Mumbai Central will have Wi-Fi access from January next.”

In this regard, Google India has entered into an agreement with RailTel to provide Wi-Fi at railway stations across the country.

While on free Wi-Fi at railway station, he said, “We also want to improve web connectivity in rural areas under Project Balloon. The Indian government, however, said the project might not be viable for India as it interferes with services offered by telecom operators.”

On 17 December, Pichai will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Let he will meet students at Delhi’s SRCC and a question and answer session.

He spoke about the effort made by the Android team to bring India’s languages to mobile operating system and the You Tube efforts to enable offline access to videos.

Trying to increase awareness about internet in India, Pichai said as part of a pilot project, Google introduced women in a village to internet. “The results were so positive that we are thinking of expanding the project. In the next three years, we will introduce internet to women in more than 3,000 villages,” added Pichai.