Google announces Wi-Fi hotspots for 500 railway stations in India

Welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Silicon Valley, the India-born CEO said there is tremendous excitement for his visit among all Googlers and the entire Indian community.


Talking about the Prime Minister’s visit to Google headquarters at Mountain View here, Swarup said that the former was shown three to four of Google’s best technologies for which it is known all over the world.

Speaking at a Digital India dinner in San Jose, he said that next week Microsoft will announce cloud computing from data centers in India.

Pichai who was in India a year ago, praised the presence of what he described as “hungry” entrepreneurs, the same kind one would like in the Silicon Valley.

Nearly 60 per cent of India’s rural population qualify for “deprivation” estimated through the yardstick of seven socio-economic parameters, said a new government survey earlier this year.

On the other hand, Mr Nadella further cited that the impact of digital technology can be taken as for instance, all the talks made through Skype certainly can be set as a great example for the different school students to exchange ideas globally, he added.

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayan said that the Digital India initiative would “transform India into a digitally empowered” knowledge economy.

The MEA spokesperson further said another project that was demonstrated for the Prime Minister was “Project Loon”.

“I am not just excited because I grew up in India, I am excited because I deeply care about technology and know that India will play a big part in its future”, he said, adding that a lot of that is becoming possible because Modi is driving it forward.

PM and Pichai had an interactive session with hackathon participants in India and United States via live simulcast.

According to Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, their plan will see the initial installation across 100 of the busiest train stations before the end of 2016, before moving on to the remaining promised 300 stations. “Make India is to invest in health, education, water, safety, justice and infrastructure”, Kejriwal said.

Jacobs announced $150 million funds to fuel innovation in Indian startups.


Both these two and other potential announcements will be accompanied by an on-site, all-night hack-a-thon at Googleplex in collaboration with non-profit group Code For India, in which programmers work to produce code to strengthen India’s democracy development in real time. The Prime Minister was also joined by Chairman Eric Schmidt and Google co-founder Larry Page in the tour of the headquarters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes a tour of Google HQ with CEO Sundar Pichai in Mountain View California on Sunday