San Jose, September 28 2015: There was quick response to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, clarion call over the weekend to US Infotech giants to join in the creation of Digital Indial.
India-born CEO, Sundar Pichai-led Google has undertaken to help WiFi-equip the hundred busiest stations on India's rail network by end 2016 -- and ultimately some 400 stations.
Google's Access & Energy team will work with Indian Railways, which operates one of the world's largest railway networks, and RailTel, which provides Internet services as RailWire via its extensive fiber network along many of these railway lines. The first stations will go online in the coming months.
In a special blog posting on Google, Pichai recalls his own long rail journeys from his home town Chennai in South India to the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in the north
"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", he writes.
Pichai also recalls other Google initiatives in India -- like its efforts to make search available in Indian languages. Inb remarks after Mr Modi's speech in San Jose, yesterday, Pichai promised that users could search Google using Indic scripts not just in the 14 languages.
Read his full post here