Google to expand its public Wi-Fi service to cities, aims to connect 400 stations in India

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At the Google for India event yesterday, the search engine giant announced that it plans to spread out its free public Wi-Fi service, called Google Stations, to other railway stations across India. At present, the service live in 227 stations across India, and the company plans to enlarge the service to 22 more stations by the end of this month. Google is aiming to connect all 400 planned stations in India by the end of 2018.

Caesar Sengupta, Google’s VP of Next Billion Users initiative (NBU) said during the event, that over 7.5 million users were using Google Station to access high speed internet. He also added that the initiative will soon go beyond railway stations. “Google Station is expanding outside of railway stations, into cities and other countries like Indonesia.” On the official Google Station website, the company states, “We are partnering with CBN and FiberStar to bring high-speed public Wi-Fi to hundreds of locations across Indonesia. And soon, we will be bringing Google Station to even more places around the world. “

To recall, Google began its striving initiative to provide free Wi-Fi in railway stations back in 2015. In order to do so, the company partnered with RailTel, which started providing free Wi-Fi at the Bengaluru railway station back in 2012. By December 2016, Google claimed that it was offering the service at 100 railway stations across the country.

Google announced that it was awarded the Wi-Fi deal for the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCSCL) project. The contract is reportedly valued at Rs 150 crore and Google will work with companies like Larsen & Toubro, IBM and RailTel.

Google to expand its public Wi-Fi service to cities

At the Google for India event yesterday, the search engine giant announced that it plans to spread out its free public Wi-Fi service, called Google Stations, to other railway stations across India. At present, the service live in 227 stations across India, and the company plans to enlarge the service to 22 more stations by the end of this month. Google is aiming to connect all 400 planned stations in India by the end of 2018.

Caesar Sengupta, Google’s VP of Next Billion Users initiative (NBU) said during the event, that over 7.5 million users were using Google Station to access high speed internet. He also added that the initiative will soon go beyond railway stations. “Google Station is expanding outside of railway stations, into cities and other countries like Indonesia.” On the official Google Station website, the company states, “We are partnering with CBN and FiberStar to bring high-speed public Wi-Fi to hundreds of locations across Indonesia. And soon, we will be bringing Google Station to even more places around the world. “

To recall, Google began its striving initiative to provide free Wi-Fi in railway stations back in 2015. In order to do so, the company partnered with RailTel, which started providing free Wi-Fi at the Bengaluru railway station back in 2012. By December 2016, Google claimed that it was offering the service at 100 railway stations across the country.

Google announced that it was awarded the Wi-Fi deal for the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCSCL) project. The contract is reportedly valued at Rs 150 crore and Google will work with companies like Larsen & Toubro, IBM and RailTel.

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Jatin Bhatia, From ITvoir News Desk

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