A partnership between Google and Indian Railways will see high-speed Wi-Fi deployed at 400 railway stations across the country, making this the largest public Wi-Fi project in India. While the first 100 stations are already preparing to go online before the end of 2016, why were railway stations chosen as hubs for digital expansion and what opportunities for development does greater connectivity open up for India?
Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the technology giant is throwing its weight behind an ambitious project: over the next three years a collaboration between Google, the Indian Government and its main rail operator will deliver fast, reliable Wi-Fi connectivity to 400 of India’s biggest railway stations.
The announcement coincided with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the company’s US headquarters. His meetings with Silicon Valley’s internet giants, including Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe were part of a strategic tour to garner support for his Digital India initiative,¬ a wide-spanning project designed to bring enhanced digital literacy to India.