Google Station Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Now Available in Mexico

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 14, 2018

The program, which gives the company's partners tools to roll out public Wi-Fi hotspots, debuted in 2015 when Google announced plans to connect 400 train stations across India in collaboration with railway operator Indian Railways and Internet service provider RailTel.

This includes airports, shopping malls and public transit stations, with a plan to have over 100 locations in 45 Mexican cities by year's end. Google, for its part, has set up its own project for widespread internet connectivity, called Google Station, and it is now taking it to Mexico. Free Wi-Fi powered by Google is already available at more than 60 public venues in Mexico City and across the country in partnership with local ISP Sitwifi.

Mexico is now the third country to launch Google Station, after India and Indonesia. Mexico has made great strides in connectivity since a 2013-14 telecom reform meant to loosen the grip of billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil, which has long dominated the market.

Mexico is Google's first entry point into Latin America for Google Station.

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. "And access to information is still a challenge for many". Though there is no word yet on which country Google Station will head to next, Google is hopeful that the project's success in Mexico will open up the larger Latin American market to it.

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