Less than one year after Google began connecting railway stations in India with free Wi-Fi service, the company introduced a similar program to bring fast Wi-Fi service across the world. The company plans to bring fast Wi-Fi service to cafes, malls and all other places with a new initiative it calls Google Station.
At company’s second installment of Google for India event in New Delhi today, Caesar Sengupta, VP of Google’s Next Billion Plan said the company is opening the platform to anyone and everyone who has a good internet connection.
The inspiration for Google Station came from the success of Google’s partnership with Indian Railways to provide free Wi-Fi services at railway stations in India. Currently, Google claims, the service is live in 52 stations and over 3.5 million users use it every month. Google also reckons that 15,000 Indians access the internet for the first time using the free Wi-Fi service every day.
On its website, the company urges people to connect with the company, and discuss how they can help bring internet to more people. It also has plans to offer monetary benefits to its partners, Sengupta added.
“We’ll be partnering with large venues and organizations, network operators, fiber providers, system integrators and infrastructure companies,” the company describes on its website.