IS FACEBOOK GOING TO BRING THE ENTIRE WORLD CLOSER, THROUGH THE POWER OF INTERNET?
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, is a man of his word. He is now back in the arena with another project called Open Cellular , an open source wireless platform that desires to improve the wireless connectivity in remote areas. In fact, after Google, it is Facebook, which is looking to hook up with Indian Railways to provide WiFi across railway stations. The social networking giant is also very soon expected to announce its plans to bring internet connectivity across Indian railway stations, via Wi-Fi hotspots. RK Bahuguna, chairman of Indian Railways’ communications arm RailTel, said the company will start talks with Facebook for expanding its WiFi coverage not only to railway stations but to villages in the vicinity as well. According to him, Facebook is contemplating expanding its Wi-Fi coverage beyond railway stations to nearby villages as well, and that RailTel is very much positive about the initiative. The project could bring data services up to a 10km radius from a connected railway station, and this range could further be expanded up to a good 25km via additional access points, said Bahuguna.
While Facebook’s initiative is for sure very progressive, its is still not a fresh idea. Tech giant Google had already announced a similar initiative last year during the much hyped Narendra Modi’s visit to the Silicon Valley. Google had pledged to launch free Wi-Fi services in 400 railway stations by the year 2017, in partnership with RailTel. In fact, the service is already functional in some 19 Indian Railway stations and is being accessed by more than 1.5 million people. In a country with 1.3 billion people, of which only about 300 million people have access to the internet, such initiatives from Google and Facebook are most welcome, in fact much needed. So Connectivity, welcome. But does it really help in the daily life of an Indian passenger? Keeping fingers crossed.
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