Google’s Sundar Pichai has shared details of his plan to make India more Internet-connected. The CEO mentioned that Google will be launching free Wi-Fi in 400 stations across India. Currently, there are more than a billion people in India who don’t use Internet. This is an effort to bring them online.
Around 10 million people travel through railways in India these days. Pichai also used to travel during his childhood days. Making Internet free in railway stations will surely help people.
In his statement Pichai mentioned, “We’d like to help get these next billion Indians online—so they can access the entire web, and all of its information and opportunity. And not just with any old connection—with fast broadband so they can experience the best of the web.”
Recently, Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, visited U.S. headquarters of Google. The Google CEO mentioned, “Today, on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to our U.S. headquarters, and in line with his Digital India initiative, we announced a new project to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 train stations across India.”
Google has plans to bring Wi-Fi connectivity in 100 Indian stations by the end of 2016. According to Pichai, “Even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make Wi-Fi available for the more than 10 million people who pass through every day. This will rank it as the largest public Wi-Fi project in India, and among the largest in the world, by number of potential users.”
Modi visited a lot of headquarters in the U.S. and they may all have something to offer him.