Mumbai: The Wi-Fi project under the collaboration of Internet giant Google and state-run Tel Corp is set to provide 400 railway stations in the country with high-speed Wi-Fi networks. The announcement was made by Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday.
Under this project, 400 stations across the country will be equipped with Wi-Fi networks, making this project, one of the largest public Wi-Fi projects in the world.
With Mumbai Central, the first to be covered, the deployment will start from October 2015, and the network in station is expected to be ready for public use by mid-October. (Also Read: After Facebook, Modi visits ‘Google Guru’)
The project initially targets internet access to be made available to one crore passengers at 100 busiest railway stations across India, and then expand it to the other 300 stations eventually.
The Wi-Fi will be provided free for the first 30-minutes over a period of 24 hours, exceeding which, the users will be charged as per the rates. The high-speed network provided will be capable of delivering HD video streaming services which will facilitate the process of downloading a movie in around 4 minutes.
A Seshagiri Rao, Director, network planning and marketing of RailTel, told that their company is providing Google with passive infrastructure that consists of fiber connected with its MPLS network, in return if which, Google will provide Wi-Fi access through their radio access points at all the platforms.
Currently, RailTel and Google working on the monetization model.