Months after enabling high-speed web get right of entry to at greater than 200 railway stations in India, Google is now in plans to increase Google Station to more than a few towns around the nation. Caesar Sengupta of Google’s Next Billion Users (NBU) department on Tuesday asserted the luck of the general public Wi-Fi programme whilst addressing the target market at Google for India 2017 in New Delhi. The programme was once piloted in the rustic again in January final 12 months.
Sengupta, the Vice President of Product Management and NBU at Google, published that there are over 7.five million customers leveraging high-speed web get right of entry to during the Google Station programme in India. The programme supplies Internet to 227 stations in the rustic, with 22 stations are going are living by means of this month, the chief stated. With this fulfillment, the quest large is on target to attach all 400 stations subsequent 12 months that was once deliberate overdue final 12 months.
“Google Station is helping connect more people to affordable and reliable Internet. Public Wi-Fi hotspots, we believe, are the internet cafe of the mobile generation – a daily place where you go to get high-quality internet to download videos and apps,whatever you choose to do. And even with the amazing progress on expanding mobile Internet in India, we are still finding that public Wi-Fi remains a crucial step in getting high-quality affordable internet to everyone,” Sengupta stated, including, “And now Google Station is expanding outside of railway stations, into cities and other countries like Indonesia.”
Google introduced Google Station at 53 railway stations in the rustic in September and had firstly deliberate to scale up the general public Wi-Fi community to 100 stations by means of the tip of 2016. However, after hitting the mark of 100 stations in December, the quest large expanded its center of attention and set to upload as many as 400 stations by means of 2018.
Alongside railway stations, Google is now in plans to permit high-speed public Wi-Fi via Google Station in Indian towns.
A supply conversant in the advance instructed Gadgets 360 that the corporate was once having a look to energy Internet get right of entry to at more than a few sensible towns in the rustic.
Google is these days in partnership with the federal government’s endeavor RailTel Corporation to supply speedy Internet get right of entry to on cell units via Google Station. However, with the growth of the programme, the Sundar Pichai-led group may be making plans to tie up with new ISPs. The supply showed Gadgets 360 that the corporate may be set to increase the succeed in of Google Station to instructional establishments and universities in the approaching long term.
In August, Google Station entered Indonesia to assist reinforce get right of entry to to the web at native railway stations. Google partnered with CBN and Fiberstar to carry high-speed public Wi-Fi for Indonesian customers.