Google is planning to install free Wi-Fi at number of railway stations across India in an effort to deliver the Internet to millions of people in the country who aren’t online, also web giant said that at Sunday it has partnered with Internet service provider RailTel and Indian Railways to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi even in train stations across India. This service will be free to start, with a long-term goal of making it self-sustainable, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a company blog describing the new initiative thinking.
“This will rank it as the largest public Wi-Fi project in India, and among the largest in the world, by number of potential users,” Pichai wrote. “We think this is an important part of making the Internet both accessible and useful for the more than 300 million Indians already online, and the nearly one billion more who are not.”
Meanwhile, The Mountain View, A California-based Company is planning to have the service available in India’s 100 busiest stations by the end of 2016.This initiative was announced as Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, has been meeting with the heads of the tech industry in silicon valley including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Modi is using this trip to connect with the large Indian community, as well as to stir up interest in upgrading his country’s technology infrastructure.
With a wide-ranging discussion on Sunday morning with Zuckerberg at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters, Modi discussed larger efforts to bolster India’s economy, particularly through the Internet. One of the key effort, he said, will be to link India’s 600,000 villages through fiber optic networks, which he believes are the 21st century highways.
Those efforts will also help to attract foreign investment, he said. “There are many companies who don’t even know where to invest their money, so I’m giving them the address: Here’s the place,” he said to applause.
Also providing Internet access to underserved regions of the globe has been a long-term goal for many tech companies like Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, which aims to provide free health, education, and economic information to people who have never had Internet access, has gone online to more than a billion people in 19 countries since its launch a year ago.
Finally Google has floated several ideas for beaming Internet access to the underserved, including Project Loon, a sort of aerial network that would beam signals to ground-based antennas to offer connectivity to anyone with a smartphone. They are reportedly planning to spend more than $1 billion to deploy hundreds of low-Earth orbit satellites to provide Internet access and, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has also confirmed that the company is constructing and deploying advanced satellite which will be used to deliver low-cost Internet access around the globe.