After arriving at 100th railway station in India, Google’s WiFi is ready to hit one other 100 in 2017
Final September, Google CEO Sundar Pichai introduced a reasonably ambition plan to deliver free WiFi to 400 railway stations throughout India, a aim that might cowl 10 million passengers a day, by the corporate’s depend, making a small however significant impression on the estimated one billion-plus folks within the nation who aren’t linked to the web.
In January, the roll out began, bringing excessive velocity wi-fi to Mumbai Central station. Final week, the corporate introduced that it had hit the 100 station milestone in below a yr, an honor that belongs to the Udhagamandalam (Ooty) station, placing the plan at 1 / 4 of its initially aim.
In an interview this week, Indian Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu introduced that the partnership would double the quantity of stations with WiFi in 2017, a remark that seems to have been misinterpreted by a variety of native shops to imply that Google could be bringing WiFi to a further 200 stations subsequent yr, bringing the entire as much as 300 by yr’s finish.
Whereas Google has but to announce an official aim for 2017, somebody on the firm has since confirmed with us the supply of the confusion. So, the extra 100 stations added to the record would deliver the entire as much as 200 by yr’s finish. An admirable aim nonetheless.