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Railways joins hands with Google for free Wi-Fi in trains, stations

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indian-railwaysIn order to woo the passengers, Indian Railways has decided to provide free Wi-fi services to 400 railway stations across the country. For this, the Railways has collaborated with tech giant Google and christened the project as Nilgiri which would enable people to access free high speed Wi-Fi for about 30 minutes. Notably, using satellite communication technology, the Indian Railways is currently providing Wi-Fi connectivity in moving trains for selected routes.

Notably, many political outfits had been announcing of providing free Wi-Fi facility in many States apparently to appease youth towards their technology-driven policies. As an instance, the Aam Admi Party (AAP) had also announced to provide free Wi-fi internet facility to city residents which one of the promises made by the party.

According to the plan, a One Time Password (OTP) will be generated for this purpose to enable users to access high speech internet for the first half an hour. Sources said that after first 30 minutes, the speed would be reduced. The project employs Google’s Fiber technology which provides internet services up to a speed of 1 Gigabits per second.

Google Fiber was launched in 2010 and the service is available only in the United States of America.

The project would be carried out in phases and it is expected that the first phase will be completed in four months.

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