In a joint collaboration, Google and the Indian government are working to bring high- speed wireless Internet access to 400 railway stations in India. Sundar Pichai, the U.S. company’s incoming chief executive officer, said at a subsequent event with Modi on Google’s campus. The company will work with Indian Railways and RailTel to bring high-speed Wi-Fi to 100 of the busiest stations in India before the end of 2016, Google said in a statement. It will eventually expand this scheme to cover an additional 300 stations.
“Even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make Wi-Fi available for the more than 10 million people who pass through every day,” Pichai said in a statement. The public Wi-Fi project will be the largest in India and among the biggest in the world when ranked by the number of potential users, he said.In some short remarks to an assembled crowd of Google staff and independent software developers, Modi praised “hackathon culture” for providing new solutions to civic problems.
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