Google Launch Free Wi-Fi India:
Google India and Indian Railways’ arm RailTel on Friday announced the availability of free high-speed public Wi-Fi service at the Mumbai Central station. To recall, the public Wi-Fi project for Indian Railways was announced back in September when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Google headquarters in Mountain View.
Even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make Wi-Fi available to millions of Indians – who pass through railway stations every day, making it the largest public Wi-Fi project in India and among the largest in the world by number of potential users,” the statement added.
We’ve focused on delivering a network that is at par with the high speed public Wi-Fi network that is available to users in developed countries. The network is built for wide coverage and high capacity usage unlike a typical Wi-Fi hotspot which offers connectivity in limited area and poor experience. This network will extend to cover both long distance train station and the local train station in Mumbai Central. The next four stations we’ll bring online will be Allahabad, Patna, Jaipur and Ranchi and others will follow very shortly,” said, Gulzar Azad, Head of Access Project, Google India.
How to log in to Google and Railwire’s free public Wi-Fi:
1. Users will have to visit the Wi-Fi Settings of their smartphone, and select the RailWire network.
2. Users then have to open their mobile browser, and then navigate to railwire.co.in.
3. On the RailWire website, users will be prompted to their phone number on the Wi-Fi login screen, and then press Receive SMS.
4. Users will receive an SMS message with a 4-digit OTP (one-time password) code, and they will then have to enter the code at the Wi-Fi login screen, and click Done.
5. Users will then be shown a checkmark, which confirms they are connected to the free Wi-Fi.
The Google RailWire public Wi-Fi service will be accessible by Wi-Fi enabled mobiles. The emailed statement details the process of logging onto the network.