After providing high-speed Wi-Fi access to around hundreds of rail stations in India, Google spread its program outside railways for the very first time. It offered 150 WiFi hotspots in the cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune. This fresh initiative inflates Pune Smart City project that aims to provide internet access to more than 3 million dwellers in Pune. Being partnered with Larsen & Toubro, the search giant is expected to complete its project of offering Wi-Fi connections in the city quickly.
Google Station couldn’t get a better place to start other than Pune. However, it was revealed that Google plans to bring super-fast Internet connectivity to several other smart cities in India, in the near future.
The hotspot can be accessed at a number of public places in the city, which includes hospitals, police stations and gardens. Smartphone users can connect to Google services and get e-learning opportunities, participate in digital governance and track public transports more easily.
Director of Product Management at Google Station, Mr. Vinay Goel said that the Google Station program is intended to offer easiest and highest quality Wi-Fi connectivity for users. India’s growing number of smart cities certainly makes this program a great hit. The search engine daddy is on its toe to offer fast, simple and safe internet access to people living in Pune.
Google’s original partnership is with RailTel Corporation, a government Miniratna VPN service provider. Google Station has offered its service to over 7.7 million internet users, spreading across 270 rail station in India. All these under the Wi-Fi project of RailTel.
Caesar Sengupta, Vice President of Google’s NBU, said at the event “Google for India” that they are perfectly waking as per the plan and working to connect nearly 400 stations in the upcoming year. The plan was originally sketched last year.