Google is launching a network of free WiFi hotspots

Joanna Estrada
March 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. Thanks to improving cellular architecture, high-speed data connectivity, and a steadily increasing number of public WiFi hotspots in many countries, internet access is often assumed to be a given. Google's initial batch of Wi-Fi zones is scattered across the country, from the Ciudad Juarez airport at the United States border to posh shopping centres in Mexico City.

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

Google's foray into Mexico marks the third Google Station project following the launch of Google Station in Indonesia in August of previous year. 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. But even as data plans are more affordable than ever, people are always looking for ways to enjoy the web without using up their data.

Also, the reports are saying that Mexico will be Google Station's third market following India and Indonesia, and the first in Latin America. To see exactly where in Mexico they're located, head here.

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