Google, Rail Tel expand free Wi-Fi service to 9 more railway stations in India
Posted on: 16 Apr 2016 12:56:33
16 April 2016 Current Affairs: Google in collaboration with RailTel, the telecom arm of the Indian Railways, has rolled out free Wi-Fi service at 9 more stations, taking the total to 10 where it will offer high-speed Internet to an estimated 1.5 million passengers and visitors.Free Wi-Fi by Google-RailTel took off at Mumbai Central in January this year.The new stations include Pune, Bhubaneswar and Ranchi.The formal launch in Bhubaneswar is slated for this week.Jaipur, Ujjain and Allahabad will go live next.The network is now live in 10 key stations across the country and will enable about 1.5 million people to access high-speed Internet service. We are scaling up our efforts to roll out the network quickly to cover some of smaller stations where connectivity is much more limited.users in Pune, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Ranchi, Raipur, Vijayawada, Kacheguda (Hyderabad), Ernakulum Jn (Kochi) and Vishakhapatnam will be able to access the network using their smartphones for free.Google and RailTel have collaborated to make Wi-Fi network available across 100 stations to deliver high-speed internet to 10 million Indians a day by the end of the year.
Free Wi-fi Services Project : The project will eventually be rolled out to cover 400 railway stations across India.This project will be the largest publicly accessible high-speed WiFi network in the country, but our real hope is that this project will set new benchmarks in delivering a reliable and consistent network connectivity RailTel owns a pan-India optic fibre network exclusively on railway track. It has laid out over 45,000 kms of optic fibre network across the country, which Google looks to utilise for its WiFi.The network is built for a wide coverage and high capacity usage unlike a typical WiFi hotspot which offers connectivity in limited area.As per the plan, RailTel will be the ISP while Google will provide the wireless area network (WAN) and set up points of access at platforms.
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