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Google launches free Wi-Fi project in India

  • Google has begun offering free Wi-Fi to Mumbai train passengers, the first of 400 railway stations the company plans to eventually reach with the service, theAssociated Press reported.
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  • With a massive 1.25 billion population in India, including 6 million new Internet users every month, Silicon Valley tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft have set sigh
    • Google has begun offering free Wi-Fi to Mumbai train passengers, the first of 400 railway stations the company plans to eventually reach with the service, theAssociated Press reported.
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    • With a massive 1.25 billion population in India, including 6 million new Internet users every month, Silicon Valley tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft have set sights on expanding in the Indian market. Online retailers Amazon and eBay have also launched services in the country.
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    • Indian also has homegrown online commerce companies but small businesses are still catching on. Fewer than 5 percent of the 50 million or so small businesses in India have a web page, the report said.
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    • With more than 23 million people riding Indian railways every day, Google said free Internet in train stations will give high-speed access that many can’t afford. It also hopes to diversify India’s user base, given that less than a third of Internet users in India are women, and has been upgrading its services in Hindi and other languages spoken across India.
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    • “Most of India is still not online,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai told reporters last month in New Delhi. “We want to bring access to as many people as possible,” he said.
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    • For the project, Google teamed up with Indian Railways as well as communications infrastructure provider RailTel.

     

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