The reasons given by Google include cheaper and more accessible mobile data, government initiatives to provide access to internet for everyone and the challenge of varying technical requirements and infrastructure among its partners across nations.
Google started the project in India in 2015 and was later expanded to several other countries.
The state-owned RailTel said it will continue to provide free WiFi at over 5,600 railway stations across the country.
RailTel said: “In this partnership, Google provided the RAN and technology support and RailTel provided the physical infrastructure and internet bandwidth (ISP). But going forward, apart from these 415 stations, we have also provided free WiFi in 5190+ B, C, D stations as well.”
Google’s Station programme was a part of its broader vision of bringing on the “next billion users” online.