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Jun 07 2018 (15:43)   Google completes RailTel WiFi project; to focus on city WiFi projects

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NEW DELHI: Internet giant Google said that it has deployed public Wi-Fi hotspot at Dibrugarh railway station in Assam, completing its project to cover 400 railway stations with high-speed broadband service using RailTel infrastructure in the country.
The project began with Mumbai Central in January 2016, and within the first year of the project, 100 of the busiest railway stations across India were brought online. In the last year and a half, 300 new stations were added.
As part of the Next Billion Users initiative, Google is now building on the success of
RailTel project to expand the public Wi-Fi outside train stations, into Indian cities and around the world. Google Station, the public Wi-Fi platform, that amplifies Google’s vision to bring the best in class Wi-Fi experience to more places, is now also live in Pune.
Google had recently made official its partnership with Larsen & Toubro to bring 150 Google Station hotspots to Pune, as part of Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited’s Smart City project. The development was first reported by ET on January 9, 2017. In addition to Larsen & Toubro, Google is also working with IBM and RailTel for this contract, which is valued at Rs 150 crore.
RailTel is exploring sustainable ways to provide Wi-Fi across all stations on Indian Railways and also spread high speed connectivity to homes by the collaborative entrepreneurship model of RailWire.
“With over 8 million monthly unique users connecting to the network, this is a lighthouse project for India and every growing economy that is looking to bring the benefit of connectivity to everyone in their country,” K. Suri, Director, Partnership, India, Next Billion Users, Google India, said in a statement.
With thirty minutes of free access to the internet, user on an average consumes 350 MB of data per session, Google said in a statement.
While a majority of the users are in the 19-34 age group, efforts to help older and first time users of the internet with on-ground support staff has helped millions of users experience the internet for the first time.
Over 35% of users on the network are first time Wi-Fi users. Interestingly, over 50% of users access the internet multiple times in a day-highlights regular usage by users who work of pursue their occupation from the train stations.
Talking about the project, K. Manohar Raja, Executive Director/ Enterprise Business, RailTel, said, “As internet is becoming an increasingly video focussed network, majority of Indians access internet on mobile networks with varying experiences and our endeavour has been to bridge the experience divide by providing one of the fastest public wi-fi networks in the world. The statistics of the usage as well as the heart-warming stories we hear has really validated our beliefs on empowering the people by providing high speed internet access.”

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