Google has deployed WiFi services at 707 railway stations in India says Minister of State of Railways Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
Indian Railways has decided to provide free WiFi facility at all stations except halt stations, without involving any expenditure on Indian Railways’ account.
Railways has deployed WiFi at 100 stations in 2016-17, 200 stations in 2017-18 and 500 stations in 2018-19, 707 stations have been provided with Wi-Fi facility as on date. RailTel has entered into an agreement with Mahataa Information India Private Ltd. (MIIPL) (a group company of Google) for providing WiFi facility at A1 and A category of stations.
The cost of providing Wi-Fi at A1 and A category of stations is shared by RailTel and MIIPL. Railtel provides bandwidth and MIIPL provides controller and CPE. RailTel has also been advised to follow revenue sharing model for B and C category stations. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has been approached to provide funds under Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) for WiFi at D and E category stations.
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