In 2015, Google started free wi-fi services to Indian railway stations. Today, after 2.5 years, Google has successfully connected 400 Indian railway stations to Google Station, free wi-fi services. Dibrugarh railway station in Assam state, northeast India is the 400th train station in India to be powered by public Wi-Fi.
As per Google, there are now over 8 million people getting online with Google Station every month. On average, people consume 350MB of data per session, roughly the size of a half-hour television episode and over half of the people using Google Station engage in multiple online sessions a day. Some are watching videos, some are chatting with friends.
Ceaser Sengupta, VP, Next Billion Users Team, added “we realize that not everyone in India lives or works near a train station, so we’re moving beyond train stations and into the rest of the cities. Google Station is now also available in 150 locations in Pune, Maharashtra and more Smart Cities are coming soon.”
After the success in India, they have launched Google Station in Indonesia and Mexico, and will take it to even more countries soon.