India's technological infrastructure is about to make a huge upgrade as CEO of Google Sundar Pichai announces that the company will be installing wireless networks in train stations scattered across the country.
Today, Google has announced that the search engine giant has plans to install public wireless network connections in 400 train stations scattered across India. The project is initially free on the onset, but there will be a long-term goal to make it self-sustainable to make room for future expansions to more stations and places.
Google aims to cover 100 of the busiest train stations in India before 2016 closes. According to Pichai, the project will be enough to provide Wi-Fi connectivity to about 10 million people that pass through train stations every day, even with just the first 100 stations going online. The remaining stations will then follow quickly afterwards.
"We'd like to help get these next billion Indians online-so they can access the entire web, and all of its information and opportunity. And not just with any old connection-with fast broadband so they can experience the best of the web. That's why, today, on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to our U.S. headquarters, and in line with his Digital India initiative, we announced a new project to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 train stations across India." said Pichai.
Google is teaming up with Indian Railways, the company behind one of the world's largest railway networks, and RailTel, an internet service provider as RailWire via a fiber network along those many railway lines.
India has just started up in establishing its name in the world of technology. Recently, Xiaomi had seen that big opportunity is lying within the country, and the Chinese company had seen it fit to produce devices in Sri City in Andara Pradesh. Now that Google is joining in, India's technological advancement is expected to develop in a much faster pace.