Joining the #DigitalIndia campaign, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai announced his plans to take an initiative of connecting a billion people online. In his address, he 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. That’s why, 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.
On his trip to UN and USA, Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has been meeting a lot of tech giants to explore the opportunities of making India a fully digital country with a dream of spreading optical fibre in every corner. Google made the announcement public stating that the Search giant will start with connecting the rail passengers in the first stage. To start with, Google will install free WiFi in 100 Railway stations across the country, taking the count to 400 in the years to come.
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. It will also be fast—many times faster than what most people in India have access to today, allowing travelers to stream a high definition video while they’re waiting, research their destination, or download some videos, a book or a new game for the journey ahead. Best of all, the service will be free to start, with the long-term goal of making it self-sustainable to allow for expansion to more stations and other places, with RailTel and more partners, in the future – Sundar Pichai
Sundar Pichai, also applauded the Indian Prime Minister for his efforts to take India to a list of elite countries by making it a priority to get digitized. Even in the video, which Sundar shared to welcome Narendra Modi to US, he was all in praise for the India Prime Minister.
This is one of the first key announcements by the new CEO of Google after taking over. With the help of Android One and the Free WiFi, Google CEO wants to become an active part in getting India online in the years to come.