RailTel To Continue Offering Free WiFi At Railway Stations As Google Winds Down Business
Passengers use smartphones while sitting on a platform of a railway station in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

RailTel To Continue Offering Free WiFi At Railway Stations As Google Winds Down Business

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RailTel Corporation of India Ltd. on Monday said it will continue to provide free WiFi at over 5,600 railway stations in India, even as Google winds down its ‘Station’ programme globally, including in India.

Google had launched ‘Station’ in India in 2015 in partnership with Indian Railways and RailTel to bring fast and free public WiFi to over 400 railway stations in the country by mid-2020.

RailTel started providing free WiFi at railway stations and Google was its technology partner for 415 stations of A1, A and C category only.

“In this partnership Google provided the RAN and technology support and RailTel provided the physical infrastructure and internet bandwidth. But going forward, apart from these 415 stations, we have also provided free WiFi in 5190+ B, C, D stations as well,” RailTel said in a statement.

“We have roped in a number of partners along the journey and currently RailTel is providing free WiFi at 5600+ stations across the country. We entered into a five-year contract with Google for supporting us with setting up WiFi at 415 stations only and the contract is going to expire soon,” it said.

RailTel will continue to provide free WiFi at over 5,600 railway stations across the country including the 415 stations which were commissioned with the technological support from Google, the statement said, adding that RailTel will also continue to execute WiFi connectivity at the balance stations.

The U.S.-based company said it is working with its partners to transition existing sites so that they can remain useful resources for the community.

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