How Indian Railways, Google have set up one of the world’s fastest public WiFis; RailTel project head explains


How Indian Railways, Google have set up one of the world’s fastest public WiFis; RailTel project head explains

Tell us about the RailTel project to provide WiFi on railway stations across the Indian Railways network. How many stations have been covered so far, what is the target and are you in talks to cover more railway stations?

This is one of a kind project for India as this is one of the largest and fastest public WiFi networks of the world. WiFi services to passengers are being provided under ‘RailWire’ brand, the retail Broadband initiative of RailTel. RailWire WiFi is available to any user who has a working mobile connection for KYC considerations. The response to the service has been phenomenal.

We have around 8 million unique users per month, of which nearly 25000 per day are first time users, making this the world’s largest Public WiFi network. This equips every starting and terminating station of almost every train on the railway network with a WiFi equipped station.

The Ministry of Railways desires expansion of the service to all Railway stations of the Indian Railway network.
How has the collaboration with Google and DoT been? What did these two bring to the table?

For providing high speed WiFi at 400 A, A1 and C category stations, RailTel roped in Google as the technology partner for radio access. Read More

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