Google Station could be the next big step towards Digital India

This aims at extending public Wi-Fi to places such as malls, schools, restaurants, shops and more.

A majority of the Indian population still doesn’t have access to proper electricity and water, but thanks to the mobile phone, internet is slowly reaching every corner of the nation. The recent launch of Digital India program has been one of the key factors that has given this a boost.

Google has been doing its part as well and had announced an official partnership with RailTel to offer free Wi-Fi access on major railway stations last year.

Today at the second edition of Google for India, the company gave us the report card and it looks quite positive. Since the launch, about 52 railway stations in India now offer public Wi-Fi.
More stations across the country are going to be added and Google hopes to enable 100 stations by the end of this year. About 15,000 new users are said to come online every day with close to 3.5 million active users every month.

Taking the initiative further, a new platform called Google Station was announced today. This aims at extending public Wi-Fi to places such as malls, schools, restaurants, shops and more. Google seeks to partner with these location and venue owners so they can work with Google to set up efficient and easy to access Wi-Fi. While Google will handle all the installation and setup, the location owners will get an option to monetise Google Station hotspots by including an access charge and offer ads, or just keep them free.

This will surely encourage more venue owners to set up public Wi-Fi as Google Station will not only attract more customers in need of the internet but they will also get a chance to advertise themselves as well as earn extra dough for letting people use their Wi-Fi. It will also improve the public Wi-Fi scenario in the country as currently cafes, food joints and other places offer limited and unreliable internet access.

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