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RailTel completes work of providing RailWire Wi-Fi services at 1,000 railway stations

March 29, 2019
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RailTel has successfully provided Railwire Wi-Fi services at 1,000 railways stations across India in a span of two years and three months. The Reay road station of suburban line of central railways in Mumbai became the 1000th station to go live with Wi-Fi services.

RailWire is the retail broadband initiative of RailTel, wherein free Wi-Fi services are being provided to passengers. The initiative began in 2016 with Mumbai Central station in Maharashtra becoming the first station to have the fast and free RailWire Wi-Fi services.

RailTel envisages expanding the network in more stations in near future. Recently, it had roped in Tata Trust for providing Wi-Fi at remaining 4,791 B, C, D and E category stations across India. These stations will have free high speed RailWire Wi-Fi services by end 2019. Once completed all railway stations (except the halt stations) of the Indian Railways will have fast and free RailWire Wi-Fi. RailTel has also provided high speed Wi-Fi at 414 A, A1 and C category stations, in association with Google as the technology partner for radio access, using the RailTel backbone for broadband connectivity.

With an aim to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban India, RailTel has also started providing Wi-Fi at rural railway stations. These are small stations catering to rural populations which do not have access to state-of-the-art telecom infrastructure. RailTel has already completed the work of providing Wi-Fi at 200 stations with support of Universal Service Obligation Fund and in 386 stations with own or others funding.

Commenting on the occasion, Puneet Chawla, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), RailTel said, “The project of providing Wi-Fi at railway stations is a very challenging project for RailTel from many aspects. Large size of stations, various hindrances for the Wi-Fi signal such as thick stone walls blocking coverage, every station design being unique the fitments needing customization, huge footfalls, power outages, redevelopments of stations and ongoing construction activities at stations are couple of noteworthy challenges RailTel faced while executing the project. But that did not stop us from achieving this unprecedented height and we are truly overwhelmed by the response we got from the users which pushed us further to bring RailWire Wi-fi at all the Railway stations of Indian Railways.”

Meanwhile, D.K. Sharma, General Manager, Central Railways, said, “Passengers are very happy about the Wi-Fi service quality and millions of people are getting the benefits of the free Wi-Fi provided by RailTel. The response to the Wi-Fi at railway stations across India has been phenomenal. In the month of February 2019, the total number of unique users of station Wi-Fi across the country was 11577141 and aggregated data consumption was 9065.27TB.”

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