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Free WiFi now available at 400 railway stations by Google

Google says that free public WiFi at 400  railway stations in India provided by RailTel

Free public WiFi are available at 400 Indian railway stations in collaboration with RailTel is said by Tech giant Google on Thursday.

Within the first year of the project’s launch, 100 of the busiest railway stations across India were brought online, enabling 15,000 people to experience the internet for the first time every day, it said.

The project has succeeded in its mission of bringing connectivity to millions of unconnected Indians, leveraging on the nationwide optic fibre network backbone created by RailTel, it added. RailTel is the telecom arm of Indian Railways.

Launched as a key initiative under Digital India programme, the service was kicked off from Mumbai Central station in January 2016, and Dibrugarh in Assam has become the 400th station to go live on Thursday, Google said in a statement.

“With over 8 million monthly unique users connecting to the network, this is a lighthouse project for India and every growing economy that is looking to bring the benefit of connectivity to everyone in their country,” Google India Director Partnership Next Billion Users K Suri said.

While majority of the users are in the 19-34 age group, efforts to help older and first time users with onground support staff has helped millions to experience the internet for the first time, the statement said.

K Manohar Raja, executive director (enterprise business) at RailTel said that the endeavour has been to bridge the experience divide by providing one of the fastest public WiFi networks in the world.

The service, which offers thirty minutes of free access to the internet, saw users consuming about 350 MB of data per session on an average.

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