At the Google for India event in New Delhi today, the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai talked about Google’s plans to support the Digital India initiative. The brand announced that the ASUS Chromebit HDMI stick with Chrome OS will be launched in India in January. In addition, the company has also said that it will be working with Indian Railways to bring free Wi-Fi services to train stations in the country.
Google has partnered with PSU RailTel to implement the Wi-Fi facilities at railway stations in India. The company will be using RailTel’s fibre optic network to connect stations. Google already announced its plans to connect 400 railway stations across the country through Wi-Fi earlier this year. The company is currently running a pilot project in Mumbai Central station that will go live in January 2016. Pichai said that by the end of 2016, 100 stations will get free Wi-Fi.
Pichai also announced that Google is exploring ways to bring Project Loon to India. The idea behind the project is to bring internet facilities to hard-to-access rural areas via hot air balloons. The project is currently awaiting clearance from several Indian ministries.