Google starts rolling out its free WiFi project in India

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As announced during the Google for India event in December last year, Google has started rolling out its free WiFi project in Indian railway stations, starting with Mumbai Central.

As mentioned by Google, you will be able to watch HD videos, check work emails, download new apps, and do more with the free high-speed WiFi.

Though the service will be entirely free to use, the speed will be reduced after an hour of usage to avoid people abusing the free service by staying for hours on train stations and downloading high volumes of data and slow down the network serving 100,000 Indians for free, daily.

In order to connect to the free WiFi from Google, you need a registered Indian mobile number.

To connect:

  1. While on the train station, try searching for available WiFi networks.
  2. Select RailWire among the available networks.
  3. Open your browser and enter the URL, railwire.co.in.
  4. Then, enter your phone number on the WiFi login screen and tap receive SMS.
  5. You’ll shortly receive an SMS message with a 4-digit OTP code.
  6. Enter the code in the WiFi login screen and tap Done.
  7. You’ll then be connected to the high-speed WiFi from Google.
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After Mumbai Central, the next four stations to get free WiFi from Google are Allahabad, Jaipur, Patna, and Ranchi.

By partnering with Indian Railways and RailTel, Google is aiming to complete free WiFi coverage on first 100 train stations by end of 2016, and the remaining 300 to follow afterwards.

Also, the service will be totally free to start, but according to Google, the plan is to make the free WiFi service self-sustainable, in order to allow expansion to more stations across the country.

In addition to that, per Google’s statistics, internet connections in India are among the slowest in Asia, with only 2 to 4 million households having internet connection fast enough to stream HD movies.

With high-speed WiFi available on train stations across the country, is one of the major steps toward digitisation of India, toward Digital India.

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