Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday launched free Wi-Fi service at the railway stations at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, Raipur in Chhattisgarh and Hyderabad’s Kachiguda.
Expanding the high-speed Internet network facility, the Railways will launch the Google’s free Wi-Fi service at Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada, Hyderabad’s Kachiguda and Chhattisgarh’s Raipur station on Thursday(May 5, 2015).
Last month, the Wi-Fi service was launched in Bhubaneswar and Mumbai Central. Passengers enjoyed fast streaming of videos while waiting for their trains to arrive.
“The RailTel will provide power and fibre network infrastructure while Google will provide the radio access network. The services will be provided under ‘Railwire‘, the retail broadband distribution model of RailTel,” a ministry statement said.
“Trial of the Wi-Fi is going on for some time at these stations and it will be launched on May 5 through video conferencing here,” a senior Railway Ministry official said.
Passengers would be able to stream high-definition videos while waiting for their respective trains at the railway station with Wi-Fi becoming operational.
Digital India initiative
Under the ‘Digital India initiative’, Railways is committed to provide better internet facilities to the passengers at 100 busiest stations by the end of this year.
Railtel, a PSU of the Railways, in collaboration with Google is providing free Wi-Fi service at stations.
Eventually, the service will be rolled out at 400 stations across the country covering all major rail premises.
Railtel owns a Pan-India optic fiber network exclusively on railway track. It has laid out over 45,000 km of optic fibre networks across the country, which Google will utilise for its Wi-Fi.
By the end of 2016, railway stations at Allahabad, Bhopal, Pune, Ranchi, Ernakulum, Jaipur, Patna and Guwahati will have free Wi-Fi facility.
The network is built for wide coverage and high capacity usage unlike a typical Wi-Fi hotspot which offers connectivity in limited area.
As per the plan, Railtel will be the ISP, while Google will provide the Wireless Area Networks (WAN) and will set-up the points of access at platforms.