Google today announced a new initiative called Google Station that aims to set up and provide free Wi-Fi services at public places around the world. The initiative comes after Google’s success with providing free Wi-Fi services across railway stations in India in partnership with RailTel and Indian Railways. “With Google Station, we aim to bring fast, affordable Wi-Fi to millions of people,” Caesar Sengupta, who heads the emerging markets initiatives at Google said at the ongoing Google For India event in New Delhi.
With Google Station, the company wants to bring the same affordable Wi-Fi internet service to more places across India and around the world. These places could be anything from cafes, malls, universities to other public places. The Google Station website reveals the company’s plans — “We’ll be partnering with large venues and organizations, network operators, fiber providers, system integrators and infrastructure companies.”
Earlier this year, Google started offering free high-speed Wi-Fi services at railway stations in collaboration with RailTel and Indian Railways. Google says, since the inception at the Mumbai Central station, the free Wi-Fi service is now available in 52 stations and over 3.5 million monthly users are taking advantage of this service. Google also says that over 15,000 users have come online for the first-time ever because of this free Wi-Fi service. ALSO READ: How to connect to Google’s free RailWire Wi-Fi network