Google has been working with RailTel and Indian Railways to bring Wi-Fi to railway stations across India. Today, the company announced Google Station which will bring fast Wi-Fi service to more locations around India and around the world.
Google Station is looking to expand those partnerships to places like cafes, malls and transit stations.
In an official statement, Google’s vice president of Product Management, Caesar Sengupta said the company’s goal isn’t just about getting more Indians online, but giving them the “online experience they want; one that services their needs and enables them to have an impact on the entire world."
Google claims the service is currently live in 52 stations and more than 3.5 million users use it every month. Google also claims that 15,000 Indians access the internet for the first time using free Wi-Fi service.
On its website, Google encourages people to connect with the company to see how they can bring the internet to more people. “We’ll be partnering with large venues and organizations, network operators, fiber providers, system integrators and infrastructure companies.”
At an event on Tuesday, Google’s vice-president for Indian and Southeast Asia Rajan Anandan also talked about training more than two million mobile developers on Android.
Google introduced YouTube Go, a new app designed for data-conscious customers, said Johanna Wright, YouTube’s vice-president for product management.
Wright said, “It also gives users control over how much data they consume on videos, allowing them to preview videos first and choose the video’s file size before they save it offline to watch later. They can also share videos with friends and family nearby, without using any data at all.”
Indian users can sign up and test YouTube Go, but there’s no date on when the app will officially launch.