Google to set up 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.

Google is to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 Indian railway stations that carry millions of passengers every day, giving the company an important headway in the country. 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. The Internet giant is working with the Indian Railways and RailTel, a government-owned provider of telecommunications infrastructure to the railways, to initially cover 100 of the busiest stations in India before the end of 2016.

He said it will be expanded to 400 next year. 1:13 am: Later in the day, the Indian community in California will welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a grand reception at the SAP Center. The first stations are expected to come online in the coming months. “Even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make Wi-Fi available for the more than 10 million people who pass through every day,” wrote Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a blog post. 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.

The service will be offered free initially, but the aim is to make the project eventually self-sustainable, so as to provide Wi-Fi to more stations and other places, he added. India’s railways has the capacity to carry 21 million people daily and it plans to create capacity for 30 million passengers in the next five years, with track length also going up by 20 percent to about 138,000 kilometers.

The commercial terms of the deal between Google and Indian Railways, including whether the company will be allowed to serve advertisements to users at the railway stations, were not disclosed. 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.

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. The country has launched an aggressive expansion of the national optical fibre network that will take broadband to 600,000 villages, he told the executives, according to India’s Press Information Bureau. India does not censor the Internet systematically as does neighboring China, but it has in the past had conflicts with Internet companies and local users over access to data by law enforcement, and the removal of pornographic content and material considered religiously offensive.

Ahead of Modi’s visit to the U.S., the country’s ministry of information technology released draft rules for encryption that would have required users to store the plain texts of encrypted information for 90 days from the date of a transaction and provide the text to law enforcement agencies when required under the laws of the country. On Sunday, Modi also visited Facebook’s headquarters and had a Town Hall Q&A for which the company said it had received more than 40,000 questions from the Facebook community. Facebook’s app and mobile website, renamed Free Basics by Facebook last week, has been criticized for creating a “walled garden” of free Internet services including its own for low-income users.

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