Google announced few days back, that they are going to partner with RailTel Corporation and setup high speed Wi-Fi networks across 400 railway stations in India, and the Mumbai Central Railway Station is going to be the first of them.
According to a report by Economic Times, the internet services will begin by mid October. The internet for the users is going to be free for the first 30 minutes, and then after that time period, data charges will be applied. Though anything related to the rate of charges has not been revealed. Also to boast off the high speed internet, Google claims, that users will be able to download a movie within 4 minutes.
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Again, this project was announced by Sundar Pichai, who is the CEO of Google, after a meeting with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The internet Wi-Fi services will be rolled out in batches, and in the first batch, almost 100 railway stations will be served. And then in the coming year, 300 more stations would be included in the services.
Sundar Pichai had to say this, and here I quote, “Working with Indian Railways, which operates one of the world’s largest railway networks, and RailTel, which provides Internet services as RailWire via its extensive fiber network along many of these railway lines, our Access & Energy team plans to bring the first stations online in the coming months. The network will expand quickly to cover 100 of the busiest stations in India before the end of 2016, with the remaining stations following in quick succession.”
So seems like the Digital India campaign of the Indian Government is really picking up the pace now, since only a few days earlier the Prime Minister had a meeting with CEO of Facebook, regarding the Internet.org, though that campaign has received a number of mixed opinions. So what is your take on this step of the Indian Government. Are you content with the 30 min free service, or should the government make it free altogether?
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