Photo: India passengers use Google free WiFi service at railway stations
Caesar Sengupta, vice president of Google, said Google Station now attracts 8 million users a month, consuming an average of about 350 MB of data each time.
India has now become a key target market for Western technology companies, and Facebook and other companies have shown strong interest. For example,AmazonIn India, the first AWS cloud computing data center was set up, and apple was producing parts in Bangalore.IPhoneIntel invested $178 million in India to build a new R & D center in the country. As for Google, the company is targeting hundreds of millions of smartphone users across India. In addition to public WiFi hotspots, Google also launched a YouTube app that can be viewed offline for the India market and a mobile payment application. Last year, it beat Spotify and launched the streaming music service in India.
Compared with other markets, India has a slower use of smartphones and the Internet, but the number of smartphone users is still very large, and it is said to have exceeded 300 million. But for many people, access to the fast, reliable and affordable Internet is still a problem, and this is the place where Google station plays a role.
Google station is now not limited to India. Last year, Google extended the service to Indonesia and landed in Mexico a few months later. The company also plans to allow Google station to enter more markets in the future. Besides, this service will not only be limited to the station, but it will have 150 hot spots in the densely populated city of Western India.
Nowadays, more and more digital companies are investing in infrastructure projects to ensure that users worldwide can use their services. Last year, Google and partners promised to invest $100 million in an African Broadband project named CSquared, while Facebook previously announced plans to use satellites to bring broadband to most of Africa. It was yesterday,MicrosoftAn underwater data center was built on the coast of Scotland as part of R & D experiments. Large technology companies also promise to invest billions of dollars in submarine cable projects and bring high-speed Internet to every continent.