Google has rolled out its free WiFi service for Ujjain, Jaipur, Patna, Guwahati and Allahabad railway stations.
Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu will inaugurate the service at the stations soon. Google has launched the service along with RailTel, which provides Internet services as RailWire. The free WiFi is available at 15 stations across the country, with Mumbai Central being the first.
Google will also extend the project to Dadar, Bandra Terminus , Churchgate, Thane, Kalyan, Panvel, Vashi, Kurla, Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus, Borivali and a few others suburban stations in Mumbai.
“We’re seeing incredible usage of the Wi-Fi service across the stations and over 2.5 lakhs users are using the service every week, demonstrating more than 2x growth in less than a month. Backed by this response, Railtel and the Ministry of Railways has decided to extend the project to cover key suburban stations in Mumbai as well. ” said Gulzar Azad, Head of Access Programs, Google India.
The stations are equipped with Gigabit fiber backhaul and can be further upgraded. Google is working with Indian Railways and Railtel to launch high-speed WiFi network to 100 stations in India. The project will be eventually rolled out to cover 400 train stations across India.