Google announced back in September that it will launch a new project to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 train stations across India, with 100 stations operational by the end of 2016. At the Google for India press event in Delhi, Google said that it is is working with Indian Railways and Railtel to launch RailWire Wifi to provide free WiFi in train stations in January 2016.
“Mumbai Central will be the first to go online in January 2016, with 100 more on the way,” said the company. It also said that by the end of 2016, 100 more stations will be operational, connecting more than 10 million people who pass through every day. Google already said that the service will be free at first while in the long run, it expects it to be self-sustainable that will allow for expansion to more stations and other places, with RailTel and more partners, in the future.
Marian Croak, Vice-President of Access Strategy & Emerging Markets, said:
Railways are the backbone of Indian transportation and run through the heart of almost every city, town, and village uniting the country. These lines connect India, and working as partners, Google and RailTel will connect India along digital lines as well.