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Google extends free Wi-Fi to nine more rail stations

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Indian Railway’s arm Railtel, which provides internet services as RailWire via its network along with  Google on Friday announced the launch of free high-speed public Wi-Fi services at Kacheguda Railway Station in Hyderabad.

With this, the Google has rolled out public Wi-Fi services across 10 key rail stations now, enabling access to over 1.5 million Indians every day. Starting with the first launch at Mumbai Central earlier this year, the list of stations now offering public Wi-Fi services, include Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Ranchi, Raipur, Vijayawada, Kacheguda (Hyderabad), Ernakulam Jn (Kochi) and Visakhapatnam. The service will be formally inaugurated by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu soon.

“With the addition of Kacheguda railway station, the network is now live in 10 stations across the country and we are scaling up our efforts to roll out quickly to cover some of smaller stations where connectivity is much more limited. As internet adoption grows in India, easy and affordable access to high-speed networks is the real need of the hour. With 100 stations live, this project will be the largest publicly accessible high speed Wi-Fi network in the country, but our real hope is that this project will set new benchmarks in delivering reliable and consistent connectivity in the country”, said Gulzar Azad, Head of Access Project, Google India. (NSS)

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