RailTel has created over 4,000 entrepreneur ecosystem for its Railwire Broadband. The subscriber base of RailWire has grown 1.5 times over the past four months.
Covid-19 has changed the world in an unprecedented way and the mandate for social distancing has pushed people to be digitally connected. While the metro cities enjoy the high-speed broadband experience at an affordable cost, the Tier 2, 3, and rural areas face the digital experience divide. RailTel’s retail broadband service Railwire is a collaborative platform which ropes in local cable operators and entrepreneurs to provide the last mile connectivity to homes and small businesses who can enjoy a high-speed internet from RailTel’s superior backhaul which can handle contention better.
Talking about the business model, Puneet Chawla, chairman and managing director (CMD), RailTel, said, “RailWire a collaborative model creates an eco-system where we focus on helping local service providers generate more revenue. RailWire with our over 4000 partners across the country is helping carry affordable broadband to the underserved area such as Tier 3 cities and rural hinterland. Due to the pandemic the demand for home broadband has increased multi fold and we have ramped up our efforts to meet the demand countrywide and rope in more partners at local level to cover more ground. The local cable operators who are feeling threatened by telcos entering their domain are considering RailTel as their benign partner to protect their livelihoods. In the last four months our subscriber base increased by 1.5 times by adding over 70,000 new subscribers.”