Google announces project to offer free Wi-Fi in 400 Indian railway stations

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google bringing high-speed Wi-Fi to 100 Indian rail stations by the end of 2016.

India may be rapidly building up its reputation as a tech-savvy country, but there are still hundreds of millions of people in the country who’ve had little to no experience with the internet.The railroad in India is called “The Lifeline to the Nation” — it’s a stunning operation that brings over 13 million riders a day to more than 7000 stations spread across 67,000 miles (108,000 km) of track.Google will collaborate with Indian Railways to provide wi-fi services at 500 stations by next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today as he visited the headquarters of the search engine giant here. Modi, who took a tour of the Google campus seeing the latest products and forward-looking researches, was given a presentation of Google Earth in which the ghats of his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi were shown.

An indoor arena in the heart of Silicon Valley, the SAP Centre has a seating capacity of 18,000, which the organisers said would be full to its capacity, given the enthusiasm among the Indian diaspora. Google has announced plans to bring high-speed Wi-Fi to 100 of the country’s busiest stations by the end of 2016, and it hopes to eventually bring connectivity to 400 stations in total.

He appreciated and encouraged Google to develop Apps which could benefit the common man as he participated in Hackathon under which its employees sat for 15 hours straight to devise such Apps for use in India. The hope is that this will connect the 10 million people who pass through India’s train system every day, letting them experience the web even if they’d otherwise have no access at all. Recalling his young days when he used to travel by train from Chennai to Kharagpur, Pichai noted that 25 million people daily ride the Indian Railways which has 7500 stations.

IT industry body Nasscom, TiE Silicon Valley, and IIM Ahmedabad’s CIIE India will host the first India-US Startup Konnect. 12:45 am: “I thought technology helps us save time, but in fact it is the opposite: people are spending maximum time using technology. He also announced that Google will launch an Android next month enabling users to type in 11 Indian languages, including Modi’s mother tongue Gujarati. “Today, everybody spends maximum time on the internet…Even when a child asks him mother to give milk, she says ‘wait, first let me forward this WhatsApp’,” Modi said, evoking laughter all around.

Pichai said that there was immense “hunger” for technology in India which was reflected when Google launched Chrome browser some time back and India was the first country to adopt it in major way. Also, the rollout of ten-language vernacular typing for users. 12:37 am: Few years ago when we wanted to find out which country would adopt Chrome browser fastest we thought it would be India. Google is racing to capture the attention of first-time internet users, and the tech industry at large profits when more people are viewing ads and using cloud services. It will be free at first, “with the long-term goal of making it self-sustainable to allow for expansion to more stations and other places.” That means it will cost some Rupees to use the service in the future.

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