In a recent blog post, Google claimed that it has reached its target of 400 free Wi-fi enabled stations in India. The\u00a0Dibrugarh railway station in Assam in the northeast is the 400th Google station in India to be powered by public Wi-Fi.\r\n\r\nThe 400 Wi-Fi enabled\u00a0stations are the result of a journey that Google, along with the Indian Railways and RailTel, embarked on two-and-a-half years ago. \u201cThere are now over 8 Mn people getting online with Google Station every month. On average, people consume 350MB of data per session, roughly the size of a half-hour television episode and over half of the people using Google Station engage in multiple online sessions a day,\u201d the blog reads.\r\n\r\nFurther,\u00a0Google Station is now also available at 150 locations in\u00a0Pune, Maharashtra, and other upcoming Smart Cities.\r\n\r\n\u201cIndia has the second largest population of Internet users in the world, but there are still almost a billion Indians who aren\u2019t online. We realize that not everyone in India lives or works near a train station, so we\u2019re moving beyond train stations and into the rest of the cities," adds the blog post.\r\n\r\nGoogle and the Indian Railways had partnered for Project Nilgiri\u00a0in 2015 with the aim of providing free Wi-Fi access at around 400 railway stations across India in Phase 1 of the project. It was reported that Google would use Google Fiber to provide high-speed internet connections to travellers. In Phase 2, Google plans to provide Wi-Fi on board moving trains across India using cutting-edge technology.\r\n\r\nThe blog reads, \u201cIn 2015, our CEO\u00a0Sundar Pichai and Prime Minister Narendra Modi\u00a0announced a project to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 train stations across India. The first Wi-Fi enabled railway station, Mumbai Central, went live on January 2016. We later rolled out a global public Wi-Fi program called Google Station based on the model that we developed in India.\r\n\r\nThis is not Google's first project to provide free Wi-Fi services in India. Earlier, in 2015, reports surfaced that Google is working in closely with Railtel, a PSU with a pan-India optic fibre network running along railway tracks in rural and urban regions covering 70% of India\u2019s population.\r\n\r\nAlso, in the same year, Google\u2019s floating balloon-powered Internet project,\u00a0called Project Loon,\u00a0which aims to provide Internet in rural and remote areas, was approved by the Indian government. However, the project faced some privacy concerns and is now on hold.\r\n\r\nHowever, the Google team is still optimistic about its\u00a0presence in India. As stated in the blog post, \u201cOur journey in India has shown us the tremendous potential of public Wi-Fi programs in creating opportunities, and we believe that the benefits of getting people online can and must be replicated beyond borders.\u201d\r\n\r\nApart from India, Google Station has been launched in Indonesia and Mexico and is expected to extend to other countries. Going forward, Google will continue to extend its public Wi-Fi services within Indian cities as well.