Google is not making efforts to push into India with Free Wi-Fi, as part of its bid to get more and more people using its services.
Wi-Fi Hotspots will be rolled out in stations, shopping malls and Cafes. They have been already offering high-speed Wi-Fi access at 52 railway stations across India, which will be increased to 100 by the year-end. The main aim is to cover 400 stations and add more partners later to expand it to shopping malls, cafes, and other places.
Sunder Pichai, chief executive of Google India, said that the project “would rank as the largest public Wi-Fi project in India, and among the largest in the world, by a number of potential users”. He further said, “even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make Wi-Fi available for more than 10 million people who pass through every day”.
Initially, the service will be free, but Google will be monetizing it as some point later.
Google’s Vice President Ceasar Sengupta said, “Every second, three Indians come online. And we have to ensure that the experience is wonderful for them. But the next billion is very different from the first billion, and by building products for these users we are preparing for how the world will use tech in the coming years”.
It has worked to build greater local language support into its products, including Hindi keyboard and Hindi Voice search.