Facebook to Offer Free Wi-Fi at Railway Stations in India

Months after its ambitious Free Basics program was squashed as illegal in India, Facebook is back again, this time, to provide free Wi-Fi on the Indian railway stations.

Indian Railways’ communications arm RailTel, which has a robust optic fibre-based network across some 4,000 railway stations is in talks with the social network to provide free Wi-Fi services to not only to railway stations but also to villages in the vicinity as well.

Interestingly, RailTel has also partnered with Google to launch free Wi-Fi services in 400 railway stations across India, which was announced by CEO Sundar Pichai during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the Silicon Valley in 2015.

Written by Shaik Zakeer Hussain

Shaik Zakeer Hussain is a former Sr. Correspondent at NextBigWhat. You can get in touch with him here: linkedin.com/in/shaikzakeerhussain or follow him here: twitter.com/zaknetic.