Facebook to offer free Wi-Fi at rural stations


The Indian Railways will begin chats with Facebook India to offer free Wi-Fi availability at country stations and encompassing towns, a report said. RK Bahuguna, the executive of Railways correspondences arm RailTel said the online networking organization had drawn closer the state-run enterprise regarding giving free wifi to provincial parts of the nation.

While Facebook declined to remark on this, Bahuguna said the Railways will "connect with the organization for the development of our internet access programme”. He added that the initiative, if successful, will enable the availability of data services of up to a 10-kilometer span from an associated railroad station, which can "further be expanded by up to 25-kilometers by means of extra get to focuses". Facebook as of late finished up a test case program for its Express Wi-Fi administration crosswise over 125 areas in rustic India.

The potential tie-up amongst RailTel and Facebook will exist together with the previous' organization with innovation mammoth Google to give free Wi-Fi to no less than 100 railroad stations in the nation. Source said that presently almost two million individuals get to free Wi-Fi consistently crosswise over 21 railroad stations in the nation under the Google-RailTel association.

The news comes six months after the California-based organization pulled back its Free Basics web program from the nation taking after a decision by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for internet fairness.