Facebook, RailTel plan to offer Wi-Fi at railway stations and nearby villages

Facebook recently concluded a pilot across 125 rural locations and is already in talks with various internet firms for the expansion of its Wi-Fi service in the country.

The internet.org controversy has not stopped Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is on a mission to connect the world. After internet.org, Facebook also announced another initiative called OpenCellular, an open source wireless platform that was aimed at improving wireless connectivity in remote areas. Soon enough, we should also expect an announcement from Facebook about the company's move to bring internet connectivity via Wi-Fi hotspots, across railway stations in India.

The Economic Times reports that Facebook has been doing plenty of research lately. The company recently concluded a pilot across 125 rural locations and is already in talks with various internet firms for the expansion of its Wi-Fi service in the country.

The social media giant is now looking to tie up with Indian Railways to deliver Wi-Fi access across the railway stations in India. According to RK Bahuguna, chairman of RailTel, Facebook is looking to expand its Wi-Fi coverage beyond railway stations to nearby villages as well.

While Facebook has yet to comment on the topic, Bahuguna confirmed that social network approached RailTel for the Wi-Fi initiative. He also stated that RailTel was positive about the idea.

RailTel as of now already has a optic fibre-based network connecting about 4,000 railway stations in the country. The company recently tied up with Google to roll out Railwire-branded hotspots with the aim of connecting 100 stations by year end.

While RailTel has the infrastructure ready, companies like Facebook and Google have the expertise to get things going. Facebook's pilot in 125 rural villages was conducted using bandwidth purchased from state-run BSNL.

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