High Speed Internet Now Available At 6100 Railway Stations; Pay Rs 10/Day After Free 30 Mins
The government-owned telecom infrastructure provider RailTel Corp, which is also a Mini Ratna company has installed high-speed free Wi-Fi internet facility at 6,100 railway stations in India, with only a few stations in the country remaining without a WiFi connection now.
This is an extraordinary feat achieved by the Indian Government, as over 5,000 of these 6,100 railway stations in the country lie in rural regions, while several fall under remote locations of Northeast India.
The Indian Railways has connected all the 15 railway stations lying in the Kashmir Valley with fast, free WiFi facilities.
Govt Nears Connecting 100% Indian Stations With Wi-Fi
The MiniRatna PSU RailTel, under the Indian Railways, has set up high-speed free Wi-Fi connections across 6,100 stations in India, with the most recent connection set yesterday at Ubarni Railway station in the Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh.
This brings the Indian Railways very close to the feat of connecting all stations in the country with good speed internet.
Given the wide gap between urban and rural cities in India, an initiative inching towards 100% completion, of connecting a majority of railway stations with internet connection, is an applaudable move.
“Working tirelessly and continuously even through trying times of the Covid pandemic, RailTel is providing state-of-the-art public Wi-Fi under the brand name of ‘RailWire’ which is the retail broadband service of RailTel”, stated a FPJ report.
The Rail Budget project of connecting all stations in the country with high-speed Wi-Fi was set in place in 2015, and is among the largest and fastest public Wi-Fi networks of the world, aiming to convert the railway platform into a platform for digital inclusion.
How to Connect to Railway Stations’ Wi-Fi?
The report states that connecting to the facility is pretty easy.
All you need to do is switch on your WiFi connection, scan Wi-Fi options and click on RailWire, this takes to a browser window.
Here, it will ask you for your mobile number, which once put will send an OTP to the entered number.
The connection will last for 30 minutes, enough to stay updated with the train reports and live tracking.
After 30 minutes of usage at 1 MBPS speed, you will need to choose a plan with a higher speed by paying a nominal fee.
The plans vary from Rs 10/day (for 5 GB @ 34 MBPS) to Rs 75/30 day (for 60 GB @ 34 MBPS), excluding GST, adds the report.