Exactly a year after Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the company will provide high-speed Wi-Fi service to 400 train stations across India, Google today announced ‘Google Station‘ — a free and fast Wi-Fi service across the world.
At its Google for India event in New Delhi today, the company launched a host of products especially for India including Google station under which it plans to bring wifi facilities to malls, bus stops, city centers, and cafes all around the world through which millions more people will be able to learn, play, chat, work, and find the information they need.
Interested partners, including venues, organizations and network operators, can sign up on this page to learn more.
Google Station will give partners an easy set of tools to roll-out Wi-Fi hotspots in public places. Google Station will provide software and guidance on hardware to turn fiber connections into fast, reliable and safe Wi-Fi zones. Users will get a fast Wi-Fi experience with a simple and unified login, while making it much easier for venues to manage their networks.
“After connecting 32 cities and 50 railway stations and 3.5 million railwire wifi users, we are bringing in Google station. We don’t want to stop at wi-fi in railway stations. We want to give fast wifi for everyone,” said Caeser Sengupta, vice-president of product management and oversees product strategy for Google.
Sengupta who is also VP of Google’s Next Billion Plan said the company is opening the platform to anyone and everyone who has a good internet connection.
The inspiration for Google Station came from the success of Google’s partnership with RailTel and Indian Railways to provide free Wi-Fi services at railway stations in India. Currently, Google claims, the service is live in 52 stations and over 3.5 million users use it every month. Google also reckons that 15,000 Indians access the internet for the first time using the free Wi-Fi service every day.
Google is keen to help the next billion people experience the Web as more internet users means more people accessing the Google’s products and services.