During his first official trip to India as Google’s Chief Executive Officer, Sundar Pichai has expressed his company’s intention to invest more here. He also unveiled the plans for setting up a new campus in Hyderabad and making internet access affordable for millions in India.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi, he said the plan to provide internet connectivity to 100 railway stations will start by next year. RailTel, the telecom wing of Indian Railway and the subsidiary of Google India had signed an agreement to provide Wi-Fi facilities at 400 stations throughout the country.”Mumbai Central (station) will go live by January,” he added.
According to the India born CEO, India stands all the chances to become a bigger market than the US by 2016. And this will not be just with respect to android devices, but also in many other areas of technological development.
Pichai, an IIT Kharagpur alumnus said it was an emotional experience for him to come to India and launch all these initiatives. Investments can be expected in both engineering and business development in India.
Regarding enhancement in internet access, Pichai said Google is working with data carriers like phone service providers to roll out the new facility. And this could be achieved by implementing Google Loon Project, in which floating balloons are used to transmit data to devices using internet.
“Google believes in an ecosystems approach and will follow through the processes in India as well. Google Loon will essentially derive its advantage from these balloons, which will be like floating towers and naturally work more effectively in less densely populated areas in villages”, he said.
The other initiatives proposed by the CEO includes the lighter version Search results on webpages, creation of a virtual keyboard making it easy to type in 11 Indian languages, launch of offline maps providing real-time navigation of roads and searches for locations without a data connection and adding the facility of panoramic imagery of 250 Indian monuments.