Mumbai: Passengers using the Mumbai Central will be able to access the high speed internet starting tomorrow. The Mumbai central will become the first railway station to get Google’s wi-fi service.
During the last visit, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, had asserted his interest in this big venture, and had given January as the deadline for the facility at the first station.
Google’s tie-up with state-owned RailTel Corporation of India will help to provide the wi-fi connectivity at 407 stations.
The project is likely to be extended to 100 railway stations by the end of 2016. For this Pichai has extended support to the Digital India initiative. Meanwhile the railways seem to be very positive about the pilot project and said that project was on track.
Pichai, on his personal page, had promised connectivity that was “many times faster than what most people in India have access to today.”
Sources said that the high-speed connections will be available for all users, many of whom may not be online otherwise. RailTel’s fibre optic network is being used as the backbone connecting the stations.
According to this idea, the passengers can use the wi-fi to download anything, starting from a book, a game, or even watch videos, even researching about their destinations.