Google to provide wi-fi at 500 Indian railway stations

Google will collaborate with Indian Railways to provide wi-fi services at 500 stations by next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced as he visited the headquarters of the search engine giant on Sep 27, 2015.

Sunder Pichai, the CEO of Google welcomed the Prime Minister and took him through the latest technology that powers the search giant. “We are proud of what is happening in India and share Prime Minister’s vision of digital India”, he said.

The Prime Minister was also joined by Chairman Eric Schmidt and Google co-founder Larry Page in the tour of the headquarters.

Hosted by the Indian IT industry trade body, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), along with a clutch of start-ups in India and the United States, the hackathon is having a simultaneous session at Tech Mahindra’s Noida facility.

Describing Modi as “amazing ambassador” of India, Chambers endorsed Digital India, saying it has the potential to bring about great changes in India. So we are very excited that we are starting with 100 of the busiest stations.

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Observing that two main things computing and connectivity – are foundation for a digital India, Pichai said android today is available in many Indic languages. He also announced Design India initiative and labs, saying it would help in “Make in India” program.

Earlier, India-born Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the seach engine giant will provide high speed internet services at 100 railway stations in India initially and then expand it by 400 more by next year.

Recalling his young days when he used to travel by train from Chennai to Kharagpur, Pichai noted that 25 million people daily ride the Indian Railways which has 7500 stations.

According to an IAMAI-IMRB report, India is expected to have 213 million mobile internet users. That’s effectively 17 percent of India’s population.

Ahead of Modi’s visit to the USA, the country’s ministry of information technology released draft rules for encryption that would have required users to store the plain texts of encrypted information for 90 days from the date of a transaction and provide the text to law enforcement agencies when required under the laws of the country.


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