Google in partnership with Railtel is expanding its high speed internet facility for the rail users across 9 more cities in India. Railways will launch the Google’s free Wi-Fi service at Bhubaneswar station on April 17, the second station to be covered under the project after Mumbai Central. Rail users would be able to stream high definition videos while waiting for their respective trains at the railway station with Wi-Fi becoming operational.
Trial of the Wi-FI is going on for some time at Bhubaneswar and it will be launched on Sunday, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
The new stations where Wi-Fi has been introduced are Bhubaneswar, Pune, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Bhopal, Ranchi, Raipur, Ernakulam (Kochi) and Kacheguda (Hyderabad). The search giant also said that the service will be officially inaugurated by Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister very soon.
Railtel, a PSU of the Railways, in collaboration with Google is providing free Wi-Fi service at stations. Eventually, the service will be rolled out at 400 stations across the country covering all major rail premises.
Railtel owns a Pan-India optic fiber network exclusively on railway track. It has laid out over 45,000 kms of optic fibre networks across the country, which Google will utilize for its Wi-Fi.
“The service built over the fiber network of Raitel is designed to offer high speed broadband experience to users. Travelers passing through these stations will now be able to easily stream a high definition video while they’re waiting, research their destination, download a book or a new game for their journey,” Google said in a press release.
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.