Google Station Wi-Fi Goes Paid at Select Rail Stations With Free Higher-Speed Access Restricted to 30 Minutes - <b>Technical Lobby</b>

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Google Station Wi-Fi Goes Paid at Select Rail Stations With Free Higher-Speed Access Restricted to 30 Minutes

Two years after it began providing high-speed Internet entry totally free at choose railway stations throughout India, Google has now began testing a paid mannequin of the Google Station programme. The programme was began as a trial at Mumbai Central in January 2016 and formally launched in collaboration with state-owned telecom infrastructure supplier RailTel at 53 railway stations within the nation in September 2016, is deliberate to attain as many as 400 stations this 12 months. While its preliminary mannequin was monetised by advertisements, Google had indicated to Gadgets 360 final 12 months it was open to monetising the service in numerous methods, and with the newest transfer, it has carried out simply that.

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As noticed by a Reddit person, the Google Station programme at numerous railway stations in Mumbai is charging Rs. 19 to supply high-speed web entry for 24 hours. The premium choice consists of limitless information that may be accessed from any supported stations throughout the area, as seen from the screenshot offered by the Redditor. A screenshot shared by one other Reddit person reveals a Rs. 149 plan legitimate for 1 week of entry. However, there may be additionally the default free choice that reduces the info velocity after 30 minutes of high-speed entry. Like earlier than, the free choice additionally comes with an advert that seems on the login web page.

A Google spokesperson confirmed the development in a statement to Gadgets 360. “We are currently testing a paid offer, although there will always be a free option [with ads]. From the beginning, we have said that the long-term goal for RailTel Wi-Fi service was to make it self-sustainable, and a paid model is an important part of that,” the spokesperson said.

The service was piloted at Mumbai Central railway station under RailTel's RailWire initiative to offer free Wi-Fi service back in January 2016. But in September that year, Google expanded the initial tie-up with RailTel and launched Google Station as its native programme to deliver high-speed internet access to a bunch of railway stations in India. The programme attracted a large number of passengers due to its free model. At Google for India 2017 last month, Google's Next Billion Users (NBU) Vice President Caesar Sengupta highlighted that over 7.5 million users leveraged Internet access through Google Station in the country.

Google Station presently provides Internet access at 227 stations across the country, with 22 stations going live last month. With this, the project is on track to hit the milestone of 400 stations - Google had indicated for the end of this year. Google is also expanding the programme beyond railway stations and partner with new ISPs. Similarly, there are plans to bring the high-speed internet model to educational institutions and universities going forward.
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