Indian Railways gets first Wi-Fi train
- Indian Railways launched its pilot Wi-Fi facility on the Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express.
- Through this facility, 50 rakes of the trains will be provided with free Wi-Fi.
- The estimated cost of this facility was pegged at ₹2 crore for every rake of the train.
- Indian Railways opted for satellite communication link to the train for providing Wi-Fi connectivity in various coaches.
India's first Wi-Fi station
Bangalore Railway Station became India's first Wi-Fi Equipped train station on 29 October 2014.
2 Shatabdis, 1 Rajdhani to get Wi-Fi access
- The Ministry of Railways gave its approval for the implementation of the free Wi-Fi service on 2 Shatabdis and the Ahmedabad- New Delhi Rajdhani Express.
- The service will begin in the coming 5-6 months.
- The internet facility will have 512 Kbps upload and 4 Mbps download bandwidth.
- To access the internet, the passengers will have to register with their PNR and mobile number.
Google's Project Nilgiri for Wi-Fi on Indian stations
- Google decided to launch its Project Nilgiri with Indian railways to provide "super-fast free Wi-Fi to 400 railway stations" across India.
- The plan is expected to use Google Fibre technology and its hotspots will provide 'faster-than-normal Internet' to the users for 34 minutes and then slow down.
- In the second phase, Google will move from hotspots to provide Wi-Fi on moving trains.
Google's project equivalent to giving Wi-Fi to Australia
To put things into perspective, providing Wi-Fi all across India's railway stations would be equivalent to providing internet for the entire Australian population.
Mumbai station to get Google's free Wi-Fi
- The deployment of Google Wi-Fi networks across Indian railway stations will start from October 2015.
- The free Wi-Fi project will be first made available at the Mumbai Central station.
- This announcement was made after Modi visited Google's headquarters in America.
- This is expected to be Google's biggest Wi-Fi project till date. Users will have 30 free minutes and after that will pay for usage.
Free Wi-Fi expands to 9 more stations
- Google and RailTel, the telecom arm of the Indian Railways, have rolled out free Wi-Fi service at 9 more stations, taking the total to 10.
- The new stations include Pune, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Ranchi, Raipur, Vijayawada, Kacheguda (Hyderabad), Ernakulum Jn (Kochi) and Vishakhapatnam.
- Google India head of access project Gulzar Azad said the initiative would help "1.5 million people to access high-speed Internet service."
Google Station to provide Wi-Fi at public places
- Google stated that it has launched Google Station - a service that provides Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces, in India.
- The company stated that under the scheme it would provide Wi-Fi connectivity in malls, transit stations, social locations such as cafes, bars, restaurants and universities.
- Caesar Sengupta, vice president at Google said the service aimed to give more connectivity within shorter distances.