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Google Contributing To Digital India by Bringing High Speed Wi-Fi to 400 Railway Stations

Google CEO Sundar Pichai have made an announcement at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, that Google is bringing the Internet to more Indians by starting with 10 million railway passengers a day. This way Sundar Pichai is also contributing to Digital India Campaign which was started by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, few months ago. Narendra Modi is on his visit to US and specially Silicon Valley to get some real investment and support to his initiative Digital India.

Sudar Pichai had also told the world about how he used to travel from Chennai Central station (then known as Madras Central) to IIT Kharagpur, when he was a student in India. He want to Students of this generation to access the internet and make the most of it also while traveling.

Sudar Pichai said that, “Working with Indian Railways, which operates one of the world’s largest railway networks, and RailTel, which provides Internet services as RailWire via its extensive fiber network along many of these railway lines, our Access & Energy team plans to bring the first stations online in the coming months. The network will expand quickly to cover 100 of the busiest stations in India before the end of 2016, with the remaining stations following in quick succession.”
Wi-Fi on Indian Railway Stations

He also added that, “Even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make Wi-Fi available for the more than 10 million people who pass through every day. 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. It will also be fast—many times faster than what most people in India have access to today, allowing travelers to stream a high definition video while they’re waiting, research their destination, or download some videos, a book or a new game for the journey ahead. Best of all, the service will be free to start, with the long-term goal of making it self-sustainable to allow for expansion to more stations and other places, with RailTel and more partners, in the future.”

Apart from this, Narendra Modi is also planning to meet many Tech Companies CEO and work with them on this Digital India Initiative. He also had a TownHall Q&A session with Facebook CEO, Mark Zukerburg yesterday. To get more info on Silicon Valley and Digital India, keep following Above Android.

Source : Google Asia Pacific Blog

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Abhishek Vohera is the Founder and Chief Editor at Above Android. He is from Mumbai, India. Abhishek is a Software Engineer at Multi-National Company by profession and Blogger and SEO expert by passion. He is crazy about Android and a true Google Fan Boy.