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In an announcement timed to coincide with India Prime MInister Narendra Modi’s visit to its headquarters, Google reiterated that it is launching what it says is the largest public Wi-Fi hotspot network in India and one of the largest in the world, based on potential users. new project to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 train stations across India.

Working with Indian Railways, which operates one of the world’s largest railway networks, and RailTel, which provides Internet services as RailWire, Google plans to light 100 of the busiest stations in India before the end of 2016, with the remaining stations following quickly.

Even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make Wi-Fi available for the more than 10 million people who pass through every day.

The hotspots also will offer enough bandwidth to support high definition video streaming.

Google also pointed to its other initiatives aimed at promoting wider use of the Internet, including the Android One program, faster-loading webpages, making YouTube available offline as well as offline Maps.

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