new Delhi. Almost all the railway stations in the country have been connected with Wi-Fi network. An important target of 6100 stations with Wi-Fi coverage has been achieved after the commissioning of Wi-Fi facility at Uberni Railway Station (Rae Bareli District, Uttar Pradesh) of Lucknow Division of Northern Railway today. With this, now only a few stations are left except the halt stations, where this facility is to be available. Under the Digital India initiative, the responsibility of this has been entrusted to the Mini Ratna PSU of Railways “RailTel”. State-of-the-art public Wi-Fi has been provided, working relentlessly even in the tough times of the COVID pandemic.
The main attraction of this project is that out of these 6100 railway stations, more than 5000 stations are in rural areas, with many remote stations across the country like several stations in North East region and all 15 stations in Kashmir Valley with Wi-Fi. facility is available. Access to Wi-Fi not only connects communities but also provides a world of opportunities for innovation and growth. In India there is a deep digital divide between urban and rural India. RailWire is helping to connect Wi-Fi at stations, as most of the stations under this public Wi-Fi network in rural India are located in areas of low connectivity.
Railway stations are places where people from all walks of life travel. The fast pace of modernization and manifold increase in the use of smart phones has ushered in the ‘Digital India’ revolution. Commuters to the stations use this facility for streaming high definition (HD) video, downloading movies, songs, games and doing their office work online.
The project to provide free Wi-Fi internet facility at stations in the 2015 Rail Budget is one of the world’s largest and fastest public Wi-Fi networks and aims to convert railway platforms into digital platforms.
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