December 27, 2016

Google and RailTel partner for free WiFi services in India

The two companies joined hands to provide free WiFi access to 400 railway stations

The Indian Railways announced its partnership with Google to provide free Wi-Fi services to 400 railway stations across India in September 2015. In January 2016, Mumbai Central station became the first railway station in India to provide the service.

Currently, RailTel says that the service has been extended to 10 more railway stations. Apart from Mumbai Central, the other railway stations on the list for the project are Pune, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Raipur, Ranchi, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Vishakhapatnam.

The joint initiative by RailTel and Google is called Nilgiri and RailTel says that users will be able to access high-speed Internet for the first 30 minutes after which the speed of the Internet will drop. A special One Time Password will be generated for users in order to access free Internet.

The project employs Google’s Fiber technology under which the company provides Internet services up to a speed of 1 Gigabit per second. The project will be carried out in phases.

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