Google had led an initiative in 2015 to bring free WiFi to India’s railway stations. Yesterday, the company announced the program has passed its target of reaching 400 stations, attracting a base of eight million users in the process.
Google gave us an insight into the use of WiFi at railway stations. On an average, the users consume 350MB in data per session with half going online via the WiFi program at least twice per day.
Caesar Sengupta, VP of Google’s Next Billion team, wrote in a blog post “India has the second largest population of internet users in the world, but there are still almost a billion Indians who aren’t online. There are millions of other life-changing journeys that still haven’t been taken. We realize that not everyone in India lives or works near a train station.”
Google is also expanding with the WiFi service in Mexico and Indonesia, and will makes it’s way to more countries soon.