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Google to provide free WiFi across 400 railway stations in India

The Indian Railways has currently undertaken a pilot project in combination with google under the code name of ‘Project Nilgiri’.

Indian Railways - free Wi-Fi service at Cuttack Railway Station

 Indian Railways and Google has joined forces to create India’s largest network of free WiFi across 400 railway stations, pan India.

As per the details obtained, the service will be allowing users to access free Internet at high speeds for first 34 minutes and later the speed will reduce. However, the connectivity will remain. This definitely looks to be a very interesting initiative

The Indian Railways has currently undertaken a pilot project in combination with google under the code name of ‘Project Nilgiri’ under which in phase 1 we will be setting up Wi-Fi hotspots at approximately 400 stations across India over a span of 4 months from now. Wi-Fi connectivity will be made available for free to passengers after mobile number verification through a one-time password sent over SMS.

Currently, companies like MTS and Oxygen provide Wi-Fi connectivity at railway and metro stations in urban regions but this is sporadic and not uniform Pan India, the endeavour by google will change this completely. At present, Indian railways provides Wi-Fi connectivity in moving trains for select routes like Rajdhani express using satellite communication technology. Google in phase 2 expansion plans to provide Wi-Fi on board moving trains Pan India using cutting edge technology.

 TT perspective:

This seems to be a rather exciting project and since it’s undertaken by Google we inevitably have high hopes. As visible in the screenshot the network will be high speed and be provided free of cost after SMS verification, which in itself is quite a promise. Currently, the download speeds are somewhere in the 7 Mbps range while upload speeds are in 5 Mbps range. In a month or two WLC’s will be set up in Mumbai and Chennai after which latency will fall to 1-2 ms and speeds will increase. So we are totally looking forward to this welcome move.