Google is all set to collaborate with the Indian Railways to provide Wi-Fi services at 500 stations by next year.
The map posted on the official Google blog shows that the major metropolitan cities are covered.
"Even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make Wi-Fi available for the more than 10 million people who pass through every day. This will rank it as the largest public Wi-Fi project in India, and among the largest in the world, by number of potential users. It will also be fast—many times faster than what most people in India have access to today," Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google wrote on the company's official blog.
"Best of all, the service will be free — with the long-term goal of making it self-sustainable to allow for expansion to more stations and other places, with more partners, in the future."
"In the past year, 100 million people in India started using the Internet for the first time. This means there are now more Internet users in India than in every country in the world aside from China," Pichai added on the blog. "But what's really astounding is the fact that there are still nearly one billion people in India who aren’t online," he noted.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a visit to the Silicon Valley, US, had announced yesterday that the Indian Railways and Google will collaborate to provide Wi-Fi at 500 railway stations across India.