RailTel has provided fast and free RailWire WiFi at 1,603 stations across the country and will soon provide WiFi at remaining 4,882 railway stations.
It is expected that in years time, RailTel will fulfil the promise of bringing fast and free WiFi at all railway stations (except the halt stations). Every month around 92 lakh people are benefiting from fast and free RailWire WiFi.
Talking about WiFi, A.K. Gupta, GM – Western Railways said, “Mumbai suburban Railway has achieved a major milestone project. The journey of RailWire station WiFi started from Mumbai Central then Reay Road became the 1000th station and now Santa Cruz has been declared as the 1,600th station in the country to have fast free RailWire WiFi. This WiFi is a boon for millions of passengers commuting through suburban railways everyday.”
Talking about WiFi service, Puneet Chawla, CMD, RailTel said, “Providing public WiFi in a 24X7 crowded place like Indian railway stations are a huge challenge and unprecedented in India. But with an experienced and dedicated team, we have managed to complete 1,600 stations today. And the current pace of execution we are confident of completing the project well within deadline.”
RailTel has provided high speed WiFi at 985 stations with own/other funding and at 415 A, A1 and C category stations, associating Google as the technology partner for radio access, while using the RailTel backbone for broadband connectivity. RailTel has also completed work of providing WiFi at 200 stations with support of Universal Service Obligatory Fund of government of India.
RailTel has also started providing free public WiFi service at Indian railway station with a vision of turning railway stations into a platform for Digital inclusion. In the next phase, RailTel has roped in Tata Trust for providing WiFi at remaining 4,791 B, C, D and E category stations across country. The idea behind providing free WiFi to these very small stations catering to mainly rural/low population density areas is to provide the people with state of the art WiFi facility.
RailTel is also working as the Managed Service Partner (MSP) of Haryana State Wide Area Network (HSWAN) which connects 23 districts and 124 blocks powering various government and citizen service applications being delivered over a common network backbone. The Haryana SWAN supports data, voice and video, and enables the state to implement various e-Governance initiatives with an aim to fulfil the National E-Governance Mission.
RailTel, a “Mini Ratna (Category-I)” PSU is one of the largest neutral telecom services providers in the country owning a pan-India optic fiber network of 50,000+ RKm of OFC covering all important towns and cities of the country and several rural areas.