Google’s plan of equipping major railway stations in India with free Wi-Fi has been set into motion, and the first location to get the facility is Mumbai Central. This move has been possible for the search giant due to a tie-up with state-owned company RailTel which has a massive fiber-optic network laid all across India.
Google has said that this year will see the free Wi-Fi project expanding to more than a hundred railway stations in the country. This will not only make it the largest public Wi-Fi project in India, but also the largest in the world in terms of the number of potential users.
Although access to wireless internet has reached the Mumbai Central railway station, the trains themselves are still to get this facility. Google has revealed that the next few stations that will be added to its Wi-Fi-enabled list are Allahabad, Patna, Jaipur and Ranchi.
The service will be available unrestricted and free on Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Once the RailWire network from the list of available connections is selected, you will be redirected to a page where your phone number will be asked. An SMS bearing a one-time code will then be sent to that number, entering which will allow you to access the public Wi-Fi facility.
This massive project was first announced by Sundar Pichai when India’s Prime Minister had made a visit to the US last September. Google projects that by the end of this year, more than 10 million people at major railway stations will have access to free Wi-Fi, if all goes according to plan.
With Mumbai Central having become the beneficiary of Google’s free Wi-Fi, the project is well underway now and we can hope that newer railway stations in India get the service soon as well.