Google said it will bring internet connectivity in 100 railway stations across India, with Mumbai Central set to go online first in January 2016.
Laying out his vision for the nation at Google for India event in Delhi, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the internet giant will provide free WiFi in Railtel stations. The company is working with Indian Railways and Railtel to launch RailWire Wifi.
Pichai also underlined Google’s intention to promote the Internet in India, which has the second largest population in the world.
“Mobile has proven to be a great equalizer, giving access to computing to a billion more people and counting. But there are fundamental questions around how to ensure a truly inclusive, open Internet for everyone,” said Pichai.
“By 2018, more than 500M users will be online in India, from all 29 states, speaking over 23 languages. But in 2020, over 30% of mobile internet will still be from 2G connections,” said Rajan Anandan, Vice President of Google in India and Southeast Asia.
Pichai also said Google plans to hire professionals for Bangalore and Hyderabad operations. Moreover, Google announced a program to train two million new Android developers over the next three years by working with more than 30 universities across the country in partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation.
Further, Google plans to build a huge new campus in Hyderabad to build capabilities.
As part of making Google products work better for Indians, the company created a new virtual keyboard that makes it easy to type in 11 Indian languages. In the first quarter of 2016, Google will release a feature called Tap to Translate that allows the instant translation of any text on the Android phone.
The Chromebit, a small device that turns a monitor into a computer, will be available in India starting in January, meant to help boost computing in the education sector.