Google Launches Free WiFi At 100th Railway Station


New Delhi: Google on Thursday announced the roll out of Railwire Wi-Fi at Udhagamandalam (Ooty) bringing in high-speed Internet to 100 of the busiest railway stations across India. The company says that over 10 million people who pass through these stations every day can now have an access to fast Internet speed now.

“I visit [Jaipur station] every 3 to 4 days to get fast access to the Internet. I stop there for a few minutes, download apps, update them and get things my daughter wants. She is in 10th grade and uses my smartphone in the evenings to fulfill her educational needs. She also teaches my wife, her mother, to read and write using my smartphone, “says Bhagwan Sahay who is one of the many people using internet at Jaipur Railway station. It is one of the earliest stations to be connected to Railwire Wi-Fi.

Speaking on the roll-out of high-speed Railwire Wi-Fi at the 100th station in India, Gulzar Azad, country head, Connectivity, Google India said, “We’re really excited about reaching this milestone and it is an incredible feeling to look back and see how far we’ve come since we announced that we were partnering with Indian Railways and RailTel to provide Wi-Fi at 400 railway stations throughout the country.

But what has really inspired us are the stories of how people are using this high-speed access to the full and open Internet. They’re using Railwire Wi-Fi to be more productive with their time and to get things done more efficiently.”

Google on September 12, 2015, announced its partnership with Indian Railways to provide free Wi-Fi services to 400 railway stations across the country. The first launch took place in January this year at Mumbai Central railway station. The RailTel Google free high-speed public WiFi service is currently available at many major railway stations like Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Ranchi, Raipur, Vijayawada, Kacheguda, Ernakulum Junction, Vishakhapatnam, Jaipur, Patna, Guwahati, Ujjain and Allahabad.