Date Of Post: 08 June, 2018
New Delhi: Google has rolled out free public WiFi at 400 Indian railway stations in collaboration with RailTel, the tech giant, on Thursday, said. Launched as a key initiative under Digital India programme, the service was kicked off from Mumbai Central station in January 2016, and Dibrugarh in Assam has become the 400th station to go live today, Google said in a statement.
- The project has succeeded in its mission of bringing connectivity to millions of unconnected Indians, leveraging on the nationwide optic fiber network backbone created by RailTel, a telecom arm of Indian Railways.
- It said, within the first year of the project’s launch, 100 of the busiest railway stations across India were brought online, enabling 15,000 people to experience the internet for the first time every day.
- Google India Director Partnership Next Billion Users K Suri said,”With over 8 million monthly unique users connecting to the network, this is a lighthouse project for India and every growing economy that is looking to bring the benefit of connectivity to everyone in their country.”
- The endeavour has been to bridge the experience divide by providing one of the fastest public WiFi networks in the world, K Manohar Raja, Executive Director (Enterprise Business) at RailTel said.
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