Google launches Free Wi-Fi service at Ernakulam Railway Station!

When it gets completed, this will rank it as the largest public Wi-Fi project in India, and among the largest in the world, by number of potential users.

Google has launched its free Wi-Fi service at Ernakulam Railway station as part of its ambitious project called ‘Project Nilgiri’.

After the first launch at Mumbai Central station in January, the search engine giant has expanded its public Wi-Fi service to stations including Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Ranchi, Raipur, Vijayawada, Kacheguda (Hyderabad), Ernakulum Junction  and Vishakhapatnam.

With Google’s free WiFi, travellers passing through these stations will now be able to easily stream a HD video while they are waiting, research their destination, download a book or a new game for their journey.

Google will soon launch the Wi-Fi service in other railway stations in Kerala which include Trivandrum, Kollam, Thrissur and Kannur.

How to Access Google’s Free Wi-Fi service?

  1. Connect to “Railwire” Wi-Fi on your device
  2. Go to “railwaire.co.in” on your device’s browser
  3. Enter your phone number and press “Receive SMS” button.
  4. Use the number you will get via SMS as Wi-Fi’s Password and you are connected.

 Google Wifi

Google promises that its Wi-Fi will be many times faster than what most people in India have access to today, allowing travellers to stream a high definition video. The network is built for a wide coverage and high capacity usage unlike a typical Wi-Fi hotspot which offers connectivity in limited area.

The network is now live in 10 key stations across the country and will enable about 1.5 million people to access high-speed Internet service.” said Google India head of access project Gulzar Azad.

Google promises that its Wi-Fi will be many times faster than what most people in India have access to today.

Google has collaborated with RailTel – Indian Railway’s arm to make Wi-Fi network available across 100 stations to deliver high-speed internet to 10 million Indians a day by the end of the year. The project will eventually be rolled out to cover 400 railway stations across India.

India Wi-fi

RailTel owns a pan-India optic fibre network exclusively on railway track. It has laid out over 45,000 kms of optic fibre network across the country. As per the plan, RailTel will be the ISP while Google will provide the wireless area network (WAN) and set up points of access at platforms.

When it gets completed, this will rank it as the largest public Wi-Fi project in India, and among the largest in the world, by number of potential users.

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