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Kousik Das, E-MBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
I can’t resist expressing my proud feelings being an Indian and also being an IITian. Just now I have found out a google blog below my google doodle. Sundar Pichai has announced a google plan of architecting a high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 train stations across India during his meeting with PM Narendra Modi at Googleplex as a part of ‘Digital India’. He went back to his college days when he used to travel from Chennai to Kharagpur. The word ‘online’ has been used intelligently to compare the involvement of common Indian between Indian railway track and Internet Use. This initiative will be done in three phases. In pilot phase Google Access & Energy team plans to bring the first station active in coming months. Then as a part of first phase 100 stations will be covered with in 2016 year end. Subsequently, the remaining stations will also be covered under this project.
However even with the coverage at 100 stations through Google fibre, this service will be available to more than 10 million people who pass through every day. It will be the largest public Wi-Fi of India and among the largest in the world in terms of potential users. It will also be the faster connection comparing to the current speed.
The best part of this service is that, it will be free to start, with the long term goal of making it self-sustainable to allow for expansion to more stations and other places, with RailTel and more partners, in the future as said by Sundar Pichai in that blog.
Hope, this type of initiative from company like Google will create more constructive buzz to help Mr Modi for a successful ‘Digital India’.