Around 100 stations will be ready by 2016 end, starting with Mumbai Central in October. The free wi-fi will be available only for 30 minutes over a 24-hour period for each user, after which it will become a paid service, an official said.
Railtel has built over 45,000 km of optic fibre network across the railways network in India, connecting over 4,500 cities and towns and over 5,000 railway stations in the country.
The proposed Google network will be capable of delivering HD video streaming services and passengers will be able to download a movie in 4 minutes before they embark on long journeys, a statement from Railtel said.
Seshagiri Rao Annangi, marketing director for Railtel India, said the tie-up with Google will help the company promote its retail brand Railwire as it expands nationally. The firm currently has a presence in South India with 40,000 subscribers.
While Google and Railtel do not yet have a commercial arrangement for the project, the latter expects revenue share through advertisements with Google and mobile data offloads from mobile operators.
Railtel will float a tender to invite global companies to offer WiFi for the next set of 300 stations in smaller towns, he said, Annangi said.