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Google says it launched free WiFi services at 400 railway stations in India

The service, which offers thirty minutes of free access to the internet, saw users consuming about 350 MB of data per session on an average

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Modi launched 'Digital India' in 2014 after which Facebook and Google started meeting with the Prime Minister's Office

Tech giant on Thursday said it has rolled out free public WiFi at 400 Indian in collaboration with

Launched as a key initiative under Digital India programme, the service was kicked off from Central station in January 2016, and in has become the 400th station to go live today, said in a statement.

The project has succeeded in its mission of bringing connectivity to millions of unconnected Indians, leveraging on the nationwide optic fiber network backbone created by RailTel, it added.

is the telecom arm of Indian Railways.

Within the first year of the project's launch, 100 of the busiest across India were brought online, enabling 15,000 people to experience the internet for the first time every day, it said.

"With over 8 million monthly unique users connecting to the network, this is a lighthouse project for India and every growing economy that is looking to bring the benefit of connectivity to everyone in their country," India Director Partnership Next Billion Users K Suri said.

K Manohar Raja, Executive Director (Enterprise Business) at said the endeavour has been to bridge the experience divide by providing one of the fastest public WiFi networks in the world.

The service, which offers thirty minutes of free access to the internet, saw users consuming about 350 MB of data per session on an average.

While majority of the users are in the 19-34 age group, efforts to help older and first time users with onground support staff has helped millions to experience the internet for the first time, the statement said.

First Published: Thu, June 07 2018. 15:33 IST
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