Sundar Pichai Promises Wi-Fi In 100 Railway Stations Across India By December 2016

16/12/2015 2:47 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
FILE - In this Monday, March 2, 2015 file photo, Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, talks during a conference during the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain. Google is creating a new company, called Alphabet, to oversee its highly lucrative Internet business and a growing flock of other ventures, including some — like building self-driving cars and researching ways to prolong human life — that are known more for their ambition than for turning an immediate profit. Pichai will become CEO of Google's core business, including its search engine, online advertising operation and YouTube video service. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

NEW DELHI -- Technology giant Google will bring Internet connectivity to 100 railway stations across the country by next year, its CEO Sundar Pichai today said.

This is part of the US-based firm's focus on bringing Internet to everyone in India, which has the world's second largest population.

"100 stations will have wi-fi by December 2016. Mumbai Central (station) to go live by January. This is in partnership with RailTel," Pichai said at a Google for India event.

The telecom wing of the Indian Railway, RailTel, had signed an agreement with the subsidiary of Google India to provide wi-fi facilities at 400 stations across the country.

During his two-day visit, Pichai will meet President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will also address students at a Delhi University college.

"Our focus on bringing Internet access to everyone, making sure our products are working for them in a meaningful way and then ensure our platform allows them to add their voice to the Internet," the India-born CEO said.

Pichai, who is on his maiden visit to India after taking over as the CEO of Google earlier this year, said the company is also expanding its headcount in India, especially in engineering operations.

"Google is looking at hiring people for Bangalore and Hyderabad... We will also build huge new campus in Hyderabad to build capabilities," he said.

Pichai said as part of Google's efforts to help women get online, the company is expanding bicycle for women programmes nationally.

"From a pilot, we will now expand the programme to cover three lakh villages in three years," he said.

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