Google to Offer Wi-Fi Free at India Train Stations

Google announced today that it would provide public high speed Wi-Fi in 400 of India’s train stations.

This news was released as Narendra Modi the Prime Minister visits Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California to champion his new Digital India Initiative wrote the CEO of Google Sundar Pichai.

In a collaborated effort with Indian Railways, which is the operator of one of the largest railway networks in the world and RailTel the Internet service RailWire through its fiber network.

The Access and Energy team at Google is aiming to bring online the first train stations before the end of 2016.

Even when only the first 100 train stations are online, the project will make Wi-Fi available to over 10 million people passing through each day.

The project, said Google officials, will be the largest public Internet project in the country and amongst the world’s largest by the amount of possible users.

Pichai promised access many times quicker than the existing connections across India, which will allow travelers to watch high definition video, make searches on their destinations or even download a game or book while waiting for a train to arrive.

The best part is the service from the start will be free with the goal over the long term of making it a self-sustainable one to allow for growth to other stations and places, down the road, said Pichai.

Some might wonder why India.

More Internet users are in India than any other country in the world with the exception of China, but there are still close to one billion of the population in the country who are still not online.

India is one country were Google is launching Android One, which is a provider of low-cost phones with the Android OS for people in developing markets.

Indians who are non-English speaking at the same time can tap into Indian Language Internet Alliance offering Hindi Voice Search, a better Hindi keyboard and support for up to seven languages that are local.

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