Google: Indian Railways Associate with google Fiber To provide free WiFi hotspot connections across 400 Indian railway stations. Google and Indian Railways have partnered together to create ‘Project Nilgiri’ that will deliver Free Wi-fi hotspot connections access to around 400 Indian railway stations across.
Google Fiber, the Energetic project that provides lightning fast broadband internet across the US will now expand to Indian cities over a span of 4 months from now. Telangana State’s IT minister K T Ramarao has signed an agreement with Google for setting up a facility in Hyderabad.
Wi-Fi connectivity will be made available for free to all the passengers after mobile number verification through a one-time password sent over SMS. The First 30 minutes of the connetion will be high speed after which speed will be reduced but the connectivity will still continue.
Google plans to provide the Free Wi-Fi on moving Indian trains. As of now, Wi-Fi connectivity is available on selected Indian trains such as the Rajdhani Express using satellite communication technology. Google will be working with Railtel to provide its Wi-Fi services.
Railtel is a PSU that has a pan India fiber optic network running along railway tracks in rural and urban regions covering 70% of India’s population. Railtel in 2012 started providing free Wi-Fi at the Bangalore Railway Station.
The project will be completed in stages. However, there is no official date given by the Indian railways as to when it will begin.