400 railway stations across India to have free high speed public WiFi service: Prabhu

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Indian Railways will provide free high-speed public Wi-Fi services at 400 railway stations across the country with an investment of nearly Rs 400 crore.

This year alone WiFi will be provided at all the 100 A1 and A railway stations in the country, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said while inaugurating the high speed Wi Fi service at Bhubaneswar station at a function here inside the station complex.

Bhubaneswar station will be the second station in the country after Mumbai to have free Wi Fi service which will benefit nearly 1.4 lakh visitors daily, Mr Prabhu said, adding that the services will be rolled out soon in eight more stations.

He said with this launch, Google has successfully rolled out public Wi-Fi services across ten key Railways Stations now, enabling access to over 1.5 million Indians daily as part of the world’s largest public Wi-Fi project.        The Union Minister said two more stations in Odisha- Cuttack and Puri will also be brought under the purview of the free WiFi service net work and efforts would be taken to ensure that the free WiFi service at the Puri station will be available before the famous car festival.

As the project picks up pace, the target is to cover 100 of the country’s busiest stations by end of 2016 which will eventually be rolled out across 400 train stations across the country, Mr Prabhu said

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