A multinational company with an Indian CEO, yes you guessed it correctly. It’s Google and this article is about Google who is always desperate to take out the solution of every single problem. India is a huge user of Google and India gives the largest traffic to Google. Every year Sundar Pichai travels throughout the world to see how technology can help people to progress.
Google was talking from many years to distribute WiFi connections in India and selected many places for that. Now Google is offering high-speed Internet access for free at selected railway stations across India. Before making it final they are testing a paid model of the Google Station Wi-Fi programme.
What Railway Offering?
This process has taken place in Mumbai Central, two years ago in January 2016 and officially launched in collaboration with state-owned telecom infrastructure provider RailTel. They provided connection to 53 railway stations in the country in September 2016 and now they are planning to make provide a connection in a large circle and make it 400 stations this year. While its initial model was monetised by ads.
Railway stations are offering high-speed internet access and charges Rs. 19 which is valid for 24 hours. You can use unlimited data from any supported stations across the region. A screenshot shared by another Reddit user exhibits Rs. 149 plan valid for 1 week. There is an option for free WiFi users too but it will reduce data speed after 30 minutes of high-speed access.
The advertisement is one of the main resources of earning money and if you want free connectivity we have to watch ads sponsored by Google. In January 2016, Google decided to build Google Station Wi-Fi networks in Mumbai and associated them with RailTel’s RailWire. But that time they offered free access to the passengers and it was largely popular among them.
At Google for India 2017 last month, Google’s Next Billion Users (NBU) Vice President Caesar Sengupta highlighted that over 7.5 million users access through Google Station in the country.
However, Google is providing Internet access at 227 stations across the country, with 22 stations going live last month.
As far as Google’s project is concerned they are trying to hit the milestone of 400 stations that Google had indicated for the end of this year.
Not only the Railways but Google is trying to collaborate them with ISP. Likewise, they are planning to bring the high-speed internet model to educational institutions and universities going forward.