Rail Tel Launches Google’s Free Wi-Fi at Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station


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    Rail Tel, a Miniratna enterprise of Government of India, commissioned high-speed Wi-Fi service at Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station. Indian Railways in partnership with the tech giant Google has agreed to provide free public Wi-Fi service at 100 A1 and 1 category railway stations across India.

    God’s Own Country?

    Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station joins the two other stations to go Wi-Fi after Ernakulam and Thrissur in the Indian state on Malabar Coast. Inaugurating the facility, Mr. Shashi Tharoor, MP, said, the new facility will take city station one step closer to world class standard. And it will provide easy access to the internet to around 40,000 passengers who commute through here daily.

    Mr. Prakash Bhutani, Divisional Railway Manager, said, “The seamless connectivity will be available round the clock on this important rail hub of God’s own country”. Around 35 access switches are provided to maintain 20Mbps speed round the clock. As of now, the free Wi-Fi service is limited to 30 minutes and the customers who want to extend the unlimited connectivity will have to pay via credit or debit card.

    How to Avail Free Wi-Fi?

    There is nothing technical in accessing Google’s free Wi-Fi. Just select Railwire network from the devices’ Wi-Fi settings. Then log on to railwaire.co.in through the mobile browser. Here, one needs to enter mobile number where you would get a four-digit OTP code as an SMS. Once the code is entered in the Wi-Fi login screen, then press DONE. Now, you are connected to high-speed free Wi-Fi.

    Facing a bitter experience in Patna, there is a widespread opinion to block accessing of porn sites over free Wi-Fi at railway stations. However, there is no such blocking as of now and commuters can enjoy unlimited access without any restrictions. But if a Patna-like situation arises, the Rail Tel would take concrete steps to stop access to such sites.

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