Google on Last Thursday announced that it has been able to complete the first phase of its highly anticipated collaboration with RailTel to provide free Railwire Wi-Fi service across selected railway station in India. The First phase of the project got completed by setting up the high speed internet in the 100th station at Udhagamandalam, better known as Ooty.
The enormous venture began its process by providing high speed internet at the heavily busy station the Mumbai Central on January this year, with an aim to spread over 400 railway stations across the country. Google also announced that it has introduced Google Station, which gives partners an easy set of tools to roll-out Wi-Fi hotspots in public places.
The company in a press statement said, “Over 10 million people who pass through these stations every day now have an access to fast Internet speed to stream (or offline) an HD video, research their destination or download a new book or game for the journey ahead. With over 5 million monthly users, the Google Railtel Wifi is helping millions of Indians discover the benefits of Internet with 15,000 first time users connecting to the network everyday.”
In the meanwhile, Gulzar Azad, Country Head – Connectivity, Google India, said, “We’re really excited about reaching this milestone and it is an incredible feeling to look back and see how far we’ve come since we announced that we were partnering with Indian Railways and RailTel to provide Wi-Fi at 400 railway stations throughout the country. But what has really inspired us are the stories of how people are using this high-speed access to the full and open Internet. They’re using Railwire Wi-Fi to be more productive with their time and to get things done more efficiently.“
The venture is a part of Indian government’s highly anticipated Railway modernization which includes developing people friendly stations, clean and new trains, safe rail journeys and many more. We at Telecomclue are eagerly waiting to experience the new modern facilities of Indian Railways which will be a great boon to the country’s transportation problems.