In an effort to bring more Wi-Fi hotspots to 400 rail stations in India and a partnership with Indian Railways and RailTel, Google has announced Google Station. Earlier we reported on Google’s announcement of YouTube Go in India and Google Station seems to be an extension of their Wi-Fi efforts in that country.
Last September, we announced our partnership with Indian Railways and RailTel to provide Wi-Fi at 400 railway stations in India. Right now, more than 50 stations provide high-quality Internet to 3.5 million people each month. In our research together with IPSOS, we estimate that 15,000 Indians come online each day through these stations.
With these kinds of results, why not expand beyond railway stations, and even beyond India? By getting great Wi-Fi into the world’s malls, bus stops, city centers, and cafes all around the world, millions more people will be able to learn, play, chat, work, and find the information they need.
So today we’re announcing Google Station, which gives partners an easy set of tools to roll-out Wi-Fi hotspots in public places. Google Station will provide software and guidance on hardware to turn fiber connections into fast, reliable and safe Wi-Fi zones. Users will get a fast Wi-Fi experience with a simple and unified login, while making it much easier for venues to manage their networks.
We’re just getting started and are looking for a few strategic, forward-thinking partners to work with on this effort. So if you are interested in learning more about how to work with us to bring high quality WiFi to your venues, please reach out on station.google.com.
You can find out more about Google Station at Google’s official website for the project at the link below. What do you think about this latest Google project? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.