10 May 2016 Current Affairs: Google has announced the launch of its free high-speed public Wi-Fi service at Ujjain, Jaipur, Patna, Guwahati and Allahabad railway stations.
This is in continuation with its project to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi service at 100 Railway stations across India by end of the year, Google said in a release.
Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu will formally inaugurate the service at these stations soon
It has been deploying the service over the extensive fibre network of Indian Railway's arm Railtel which provides Internet services as RailWire.With these launches, the service is now live and available to users at 15 stations across the country
Backed by the "phenomenal" response to the service in Mumbai Central, Google will also extend the project to cover key suburban Mumbai stations working with RailTel. Google will deploy the service in Dadar, Bandra Terminus, Churchgate, Thane, Kalyan, Panvel, Vashi, Kurla, Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus, Borivali and a few others
Stating that Google is committed to working with Indian Railways and Railtel to deliver high-speed Wi-Fi network that will be available to 10 million Indians by the end of the year, covering 100 of the busiest train stations in India, it said the project will be eventually rolled out to cover 400 train stations across India.
Currently available Wi-Fi service : The Railtel-Google free high-speed public Wi-Fi service is currently available at Mumbai Central, Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Ranchi, Raipur, Vijayawada, Kacheguda, Ernakulum Junction, Vishakhapatnam, Jaipur, Patna, Guwahati, Ujjain and Allahabad.
RailTel : RailTel Corporation of India Ltd. is a Miniratna enterprise of Government of India. It is one of the largest neutral telecom services providers in the country owning a Pan-India optic fiber network. It covers all important towns and cities of the country and several rural areas covering 70% of India’s population.It is in the forefront in providing nationwide Broadband Telecom and Multimedia Network in all parts of the country.