Google in collaboration with RailTel, the telecom arm of the Indian Railways, has rolled out free WiFi service at 9 more stations.
In January this year Mumbai Central was the first to have free WI-FI service. Second station is Bhubaneshwar to have Google free Wi-fi service which will be launched on sunday 17th April.
By the end of this year Railway committed to provide better internet facilities to the passengers at 100 busiest stations.Besides Bhubaneswar, trials are going on at about 10 more stations including Jaipur, Patna, Ranchi, Ernakulum, Allahabad, Lucknow and Guwahati to have the Wi-Fi service shortly.
The service will be rolled out at 400 stations across the country covering all major rail premises. Railtel owns a Pan-India optic fiber network exclusively on railway track. It has laid out over 45,000 kms of optic fibre networks across the country, which Google will utilize for its WI-Fi. The network is built for wide coverage and high capacity usage unlike a typical Wi-Fi hotspot which offers connectivity in limited area.
As per the plan, Railtel will be the ISP, while Google will provide the Wireless Area Networks (WAN) and will set-up the points of access at platforms.