A promising approach for an inclusive Digital India, RailTel and Google together launches free high-speed Wi-Fi service at Mumbai Central.
Google had announced to digitally empower 400 Indian railway stations during PM Modi’s visit to Google HQ in September.
Commenting on the launch, Chairman and Managing Director of Railtel Shri R. K. Bahuguna of Railtel said, “Our intent was to fulfill Indian Railway’s vision of providing Railway passengers access to high speed Internet through our Optical fiber communication network. Affordable smartphones have made it possible for the common men to experience the power of Internet. With our partnership with Google, we are very confident of rolling out a robust, scalable service at Railway stations in the near future.”
Google has extensive plans to widen the network quickly to cover 100 of the busiest stations by the end of this year.
“We’re delighted to launch India’s first high speed public Wi-Fi service in partnership with Indian Railways. Bringing affordable Internet access to millions of people is an important part of making the Internet both easily accessible and useful for more than 300 million Indians who are already online, and the nearly one billion more who are not. By end of this year over 10 million people will be able to enjoy this experience at 100 stations spread across the country. I would like to thank the Indian Railways for their support and vision to provide a world class high speed public Wi-Fi network at the stations,” said Rajan Anandan, VP & Managing Director, Google South East Asia and India.
Now, users will be able to easily stream a high definition video, research their destination, and stay connected.
The next four stations we’ll bring online will be Allahabad, Patna, Jaipur and Ranchi and others will follow very shortly, added Gulzar Azad, Head of Access Project, Google India.”