Google Station will bring pubic Wi-Fi to schools, Malls, and other paces in India

Google CEO Sundar Pichai gestures as he addresses a news conference in New Delhi, India, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

MUMBAI (TIP): Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., said on Tuesday, September 27, it launched Google Station in India, a service that aims to deepen its reach across the country, as the search giant seeks to bring more people on to its Google platform.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Google will roll-out Wi-Fi hot spots in places most frequented
  • Google currently offers free Wi-Fi access at 53 railway stations in India
  • Company looking at monetizing the service it offers at railway stations

Under the service, Google will roll-out Wi-Fi hot spots in places frequented by a large number of people, such as malls and transit stations, and in social hangout locations such as cafes and universities, the company said on Tuesday.

“The goal is to give people many hot spots within a few minutes’ walk from their home, university, or workplace, unified by a simple login process that works across all of them,” Caesar Sengupta, Vice-President, Next Billion Users at Google was quoted as saying in the statement.

Google currently offers free Wi-Fi access at 53 railway stations across India and plans to scale up the service to 100 by year-end, the company said.

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