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Free Wi-Fi At Railway Station Brought 1.5 Million Indians Online: Google

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Free Wi-Fi At Railway Station Brought 1.5 Million Indians Online: Google

To celebrate the inaugural World Wi-Fi Day, Google has revealed a few statistics about the success of their project with Railtel. The project offers free high-speed Wi-Fi at railway stations across India, revealed a Google blogpost. As a part of the project, Google has already launched high-speed Wi-Fi at four stations, namely Sealdah, Lucknow Jn, Lucknow and Gorakhpur Jn. The roll out has made it possible for 1.5 million Indians to enjoy the high-speed broadband experience across 19 cities, Google said.

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Through the initiative, Google intends to solve the narrow band network usage of Indians. “Our objective is to create abundant broadband access to millions of Indians who’re currently not online or are using it in a limited capacity to significantly enhance the benefits and productivity of the Internet. While we’re only at approximately 20% of the roll out schedule for this year, the response has been phenomenal,” Google said in the blogpost.

According to Google, 100,000 users connected to the network within a week of launch at Mumbai Central stations, revealing the reach of the project. The users in tier 2 cities showed a higher consumption of data. Within a day of launch, Bhubaneshwar overtook the usage pattern seen at Mumbai central. Similar traits are seen in Patna, Jaipur, and Vishakhapatnam.

Google also revealed that the average consumption per user on the network is 15 times the data they would consume on a 3G pack in a day. Besides infotainment, job searches online seemed to be the next most usage. Searching for educational courses, exam results, downloading software, and upgrading the phone apps, were also seen.

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Ria Lakshman. V is a lead news writer at The Telecom Times. She studied Journalism at Manipal School of Communication and proceeded to work in newspapers and magazines, with technology as her focus area. Passionate about Telecommunications sector, her move to 'The Telecom Times' was a natural choice. Alongside, she also writes for Telecom Talk, where she covers news and tech commentaries in the sector of telecom. In the free time, Ria loves to go camping, read books, or sketch illustrations. She also runs a local design studio and promotes eco-friendly crafts. Ria can be found sharing her knowledge and insights on Twitter.

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