According to the latest report by Google, 1.5 mn Indians using Google Free WiFi at Railway Stations. Google is celebrating World Wi-Fi day. They have released some stats showcasing the success of their project with Indian Railway. This project brings free Wi-Fi to railway stations in India.
Since launch, Google and Indian Railway have extended service to 19 cities. They claim that 1.5 million Indians have so far availed themselves of the service. Adding that they’ve only hit 20 percent of their expected rollout this year. Google is positive about the response so far and that it’s been “phenomenal.”
“We saw 100,000 users connect to the network within a week of launch at Mumbai Central. As we started rolling out the network at more stations, we saw an exponential jump in the consumption of the network.” Said Gulzar Azad, Head of Access Programs, Google India.
Cities like Bhubaneshwar and Visakhapatnam are seeing the highest adoption rates and the highest data consumption. On average, users in Tier 2 cities consume about 15 times their daily 3G consumption, says Google.
Speaking of usage patterns, Google says that people are looking at infotainment. But that a lot of people are looking for and applying for jobs online. A lot of students in Bhubaneshwar also seem to appreciate the service as they’re searching for educational related information.
Bhubaneswar and Pune see lots of students come to the stations to look for up information related to educational courses, exam results , downloading softwares and upgrading their phone apps.