RailTel, a Mini Ratna CPSU under the Ministry of Railways, has successfully completed the work of Free WiFi Zone turning 1000 railway stations across the country. The project started in January 2016 from Mumbai Central station in Maharashtra and was the first station to have the fast and free RailWire Wi-Fi.
- In a span of 2 years and 3 months, RailTel has completed 1000 stations.
- The Reay Road station of the suburban line of Central Railways in Mumbai is the 1000th station to go live with Wi-Fi.
- The statement said,”RailTel envisages expanding the network in more stations in near future. Recently RailTel has roped in Tata Trust for providing Wi-Fi at remaining 4791 B, C, D and E category stations across the country.”
- It said,”These stations will have free high-speed RailWire Wi-Fi by RailTel by the end of this year. Once completed all Railway stations (except the halt stations) of Indian Railways will have fast and free RailWire Wi-Fi.”
- “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,” D.K. Sharma, General Manager, Central Railways, said.
- In February 2019, the total number of unique users of station Wi-Fi across the country was 11577141 and aggregated data consumption was 9065.27 TB, Sharma said.
- “The project of providing Wi-Fi at railway stations is a very challenging project for RailTel from many aspects. The 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 a couple of noteworthy challenges RailTel faced while executing the project,” Puneet Chawla, CMD, RailTel said.
- “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,” Chawla said.
Rail Analysis insights: RailTel envisages expanding the network in more stations in near future. Recently RailTel has roped in Tata Trust for providing Wi-Fi at remaining 4791 B, C, D and E category stations across the country.
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