Indian Railways has collaborated with Google Fiber to deliver Wi-Fi hotspots in more than 400 stations across the country.
To be implemented under Project Nilgiri, the new programme is aimed to provide seamless connectivity to railway passengers. Google Fiber is expected to implement the project over the next four months.
Passengers will be able to access the Wi-Fi connectivity after mobile number verification, Telecomtalk.info reported.
The service will provide high-speed internet during the first 30min and the connectivity will then continue with reduced speed.
Firms such as MTS and Oxygen are currently offering Wi-Fi connectivity at railway and metro stations in urban regions of the country. However, the new initiative will see the expansion of the connectivity to a higher level.
For this project, Google is currently working with Railtel, a government enterprise that focuses on providing broadband and VPN services.
Railtel has a Pan India optical fibre network running along railway tracks across the country.
At present, Indian Railways also offers Wi-Fi connectivity to passengers in trains for exclusive routes such as the Rajdhani Express using satellite communication technology.
The second phase of the Project Nilgiri would see Wi-Fi on-board moving trains across the country using advanced technology.
Google Fiber offers fast broadband internet across the US. According to Telecomtalk.info, it currently provides speeds up to 1Gbps in Kansas City and is planning to expand it to other cities in the country.