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Google ending Station service

Google is shutting down its Station programme.

The tech giant is ending the global service - currently live in Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, the Philippines, Mexico, Thailand, India, Vietnam and Indonesia - which offers free Wi-Fi across over 400 railway stations in India and over 5,000 worldwide.

Google explained the decision to end the service - which was first launched in 2016 - comes after the company found it difficult to scale up and make the feature a sustainable model.

The firm told The Verge that the availability of 4G - and the declining cost of mobile data around the world - also meant the market has shifted since the launch four years ago.

Although Google previously showed ads to users signing into the service, it seems free Wi-Fi programmes are less necessary than they were at the time.

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