Earlier this year Google partnered with Indian Railways and RailTel to launch RailWire free WiFi across railway stations in India, which is now present across 52 stations in the country. Today at the Google for India event the company announced Google Stations, a new internet access platform for partners to setup, maintain and monetize their Wi-Fi networks in their places with Google Fiber.
Google Station will provide software and guidance on hardware to turn fiber connections into fast, reliable and safe Wi-Fi zones.” Users will get a fast Wi-Fi experience with a simple and unified login, while making it much easier for venues to manage their networks,” said the company.
“With Google Station, we aim to bring fast, affordable Wi-Fi to millions of people,” said Caesar Sengupta, Vice-President, Next Billion Users, Google.
Google’s RailWire WiFi now offers WiFi access to 15,000 new users daily and serving 3.5 million monthly users. It aim to expand to 100 stations by the end of 2016 and will eventually be rolled out to cover 400 train stations across India.
Google said that it will be partnering with large venues and organizations, network operators, fiber providers, system integrators and infrastructure companies to set up Google Station.
Google Stations will be coming to cafes, universities, workplaces and more soon. If you are a large venue or organization, network operator, fiber provider, system integrator or infrastructure company and want to set up Google Station, you can signup through Google Station microsite here.