1.5 Million Indians using free WiFi at 19 Railway Stations


New Delhi: Over 1.5 million Indians are enjoying the high-speed Wi-Fi services at 19 railways stations across India, said Google on Monday. The company rolled out the network at four of India's largest stations Sealdah, Lucknow Junction, Lucknow City, and Gorakhpur Junction – last week.

With this project, Google wants to create abundant broadband access to millions of Indians who are either currently not online or are using it in limited capacity. 

"Users in tier 2 cities latched onto the network with more enthusiasm and we saw much higher consumption of data in tier 2 cities, where access to high-speed broadband is more challenging," the Google added.

According to the data provided, Bhubaneshwar has overtaken Mumbai Central in terms of data usage within a day of the launch and the company is seeing similar usage patterns in other tier 2 cities like Patna, Jaipur and Vishakhapatnam.

The company said that the average consumption per user on the network is 15 times the data they would consume on a 3G pack in a day.

"While the primary usage is focused around infotainment, we are seeing a lot of users in tier 2 cities use the network to look up and apply for jobs online. Bhubaneswar and Pune see lots of students come to the stations to look for up information related to educational courses, exam results, downloading software’s and upgrading their phone apps," the company noted.