New Delhi: Railtel Corporation of India (RailTel), a PSU under the Ministry of Railways, has achieved the milestone of 1 lakh fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband internet users in Tamil Nadu. This service by RailTel is under the brand name 'Railwire' and is quite reliable, affordable and secure.
The highlight of this achievement is that over 50 percent of the users are from rural areas which include many far-flung remote villages where only Railwire broadband internet service is available.
RailWire with its over 1,650 partners across Tamil Nadu are helping in penetrating affordable broadband to the underserved areas such as Tier 3 cities and rural hinterland. RailWire is now present in 36 districts out of 37 districts of Tamil Nadu.
The introduction of broadband internet facilities in rural areas is helping in accelerating digital progress, technological advancement and improving the quality of life of the people living in these areas. The benefits of broadband connectivity to the rural population are immense with the convergence of voice, data and video. The availability of robust and reliable broadband connectivity is most critical for the successful implementation of some of the key social sector schemes and programmes in rural areas by the Central and State governments on e-governance, education, health, employment and financial inclusion.
Internet is playing a major role in this digital transformation. Currently, RailTel has more than 4.6 Lac Railwire subscribers in the country out of which around 50 percent are in rural areas across the country.
Internet in villages is also helping in setting up Common Service Centres (CSCs) through Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) which will make available services like booking of the travelling tickets (train, air, bus etc.), Aadhar Card, Voter Card, Mobile recharge, Electricity bill payment, Pan card, Income tax, Banking, insurance and many more.
RailTel is using a model of collaborating with local entrepreneurs and creating sustainable livelihoods. In fact, RailTel played a pioneering role in developing this kind of collaborative model
In an interaction programme with partners organized at Madurai and Kanchipuram yesterday to mark this achievement, RailTel's Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Puneet Chawla said "RailTel is committed to leveraging its infrastructure to spur wired broadband and entrepreneurship in rural India. Rural Broadband deployment is one way of bridging the digital divide between rural and urban populations. The broadband connectivity in villages will be key “enabler” for the socio-economic development in rural areas."
The partners at the interaction programme showed enthusiasm and requested Railtel for providing more value-added services to serve their customers better.
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