Tech giant Google today said it has partnered with Larsen & Toubro to set up 150 ‘Google Station’ Wi-Fi hotspots in Pune as part of Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd’s Smart City project. The US-based firm already has a partnership with RailTel, under which Wi-Fi Internet services are provided at over 270 railway stations in the country.
The new move is a part of Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited’s Smart City project that will potentially enable over three million Punekars to get online. The search giant has partnered with Mumbai-headquartered Larsen & Toubro to offer fast Wi-Fi connectivity in the city.
“We built Google Station to be both the highest-quality and easiest Wi-Fi service for users and the easiest for partners to deploy. We think this makes ‘Station’ a great connectivity partner for the growing number of Indian smart cities,” Vinay Goel, Product Management Director of Google Station, said in a statement.
The company said the move would potentially bring 3 million Pune residents online within seconds at locations all around the city, including gardens, hospitals and police stations. Google aims to make the most out of Pune’s other smart city services, which includes improved tracking of public buses, opportunities for digital learning, and participation in digital governance.