Mumbai Central railway station passengers will be able to use Google’s wifi service, starting from today.
As was announced late last September, Mumbai Central railway station will be the first location at which Google will provide high-speed internet access.
Google in partnership with the Railways’ telecom wing, RailTel launched the first public WiFi service at the Mumbai Central railway station .
“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,” wrote Pichai on Google’s Official Blog.
The deadline set by Pichai during his vist to India was January for the first railway station.
The partnership aims to provide access points at 100 train stations across India in 2016, further planning to expand to 400 stations nationwide.
Pichai, on his blog, had promised connectivity that was “many times faster than what most people in India have access to today.”
RailTel’s fiber-optic infrastructure covers over 26,000 miles of railway track, and the company plans on growing that to cover 33,000 miles of track.The company has decided that first hour of the service will be free, but then the speeds will be limited to give equal access to all passengers.
The program was first announced when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Google’s campus last September, and was detailed further when Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote about it on the Official Google Blog.