New Delhi: RailTel, a Miniratna public sector undertaking (PSU) under the aegis of the Ministry of Railways, has started free high-speed WiFi service at as many as 500 stations within a span of seven days with ‘RailWire.’ The PSU plans to set up high-speed WiFi at all railway stations, barring halt stations, within a year.
The PSU has also tied up with Tata Trust for providing free WiFi at 4,791 B, C, D and E category railway stations.
WiFi service across 1,500 stations in India
Puneet Chawla, CMD, RailTel, said that Mumbai Central railway station was the first station in the country to get WiFi connection. From there, the project has expanded across several stations in the country and recently, Sahibabad became the 1,500th railway station to get the facility, he added.
While noting that there is a clear divide between urban and rural areas and people in the rural areas are often deprived of the latest telecom infrastructure, Chawla said that RaiTel is now focussed on bringing the service to smaller stations. He said that through the implementation of this service, not just railway users but also the local population will benefit.
How to connect to RailWire?
On selecting RailWire WiFi from the WiFi network list, the RailWire homepage opens automatically. The page will prompt the user to enter their mobile number on the homepage, following which a one-time password (OTP) is sent as a text message to the mobile number. Now, the user can use this OTP for verification and connect to the WiFi as soon as the verification is complete.