Google brings free, high-speed Wi-Fi to 56+ locations

Google Station an ad-supported network of WiFi hotspots in high-traffic locations is launching in Mexico with 56 hotspots and others planned the company said

Google's bringing free, high-speed Wi-Fi to 60+ locations across Mexico

Technology giant Google launched its Google Station wifi service yesterday in 45 cities across Mexico.

Google says current free Wi-Fi venues in Mexico include high-density traffic locations such as airports, shopping malls, and public transit stations.

Google Station was originally launched in India in 2016 as a pilot project that tied up with RailTel, the telecom arm of the Indian Railways, to launch free-to-access public WiFi across various railways stations across the country.

From 2013 to 2016, the number of people accessing the Internet in Mexico rose by 20 million, according to a report last fall by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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"Google's mission is to make information accessible throughout the world; a good internet connection can give people access to a better education, better jobs, create more businesses and have better communication with their families", said Anjali Joshi, vice-president of product management.

Now it's time for Google Station to spread to a third country, as Google partners with ISP Sitwifi to transition the company's existing Wi-Fi APs in Mexico over to Google Station. However, the report added that the country's internet reach still lags behind other OECD nations. The largest of Google's current Wi-Fi hotspot projects began in 2015 and today serves millions of subscribers at hundreds of train stations across India.

By the end of the year, Google hopes to have more than 100 locations hooked up in Mexico as part of its first Station push into Latin America.

It's really easy to take internet connectivity for granted: between increasingly capable cellular networks, and high-speed private Wi-Fi access points in our homes and workplaces, staying connected 24/7 is more effortless than it's ever been.

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