Google in partnership with RailTel has launched free Wi-Fi service at Mumbai Central railway station. Google will be bring similar high speed Wi-Fi service to about 100 railway stations of the country by end of this year, and eventually expand to 400 railway stations in next few years. Google claims it is one of the largest public Wi-Fi service in the world by number of potential users. Also Read - Google completes Fitbit acquisitionAlso Read - Google said to be working on Pixel 4A 5G touchscreen issues
After Mumbai Central, Google will be rolling out the service at railway stations of Allahabad, Jaipur, Patna and Ranchi up next. Passengers will be able to connect to the network by providing their mobile phone number, and then receive an OTP via SMS. The Wi-Fi service is free to be used for as much time as one needs, but Google says that after an hour they will notice a slight drop in speed. Also Read - Today's Tech News: Samsung Galaxy S20 price cut, Signal ramps up hiring
Google had tied up with RailTel last year to roll out high speed wireless connectivity at railway stations for smartphone users. During his recent visit to India, Google CEO Sundar Pichai had confirmed rollout of free high speed Internet connectivity at 100 railway stations by 2016.
If successful, Google s free Wi-Fi service will provide a huge impetus to the Indian government s Digital India mission under which it envisages to provide seamless and high speed Internet connectivity for everyone in the country.
We ve focused on delivering a network that is at par with the high speed public Wi-Fi network that is available to users in developed countries. The network is built for wide coverage and high capacity usage unlike a typical Wi-Fi hotspot which offers connectivity in limited area and poor experience, points out Gulzar Azad, Head of Access Project, Google India.