Indian Railways to Make 300 Stations Wi-Fi Enabled by 2017 End
Indian Railways, the state-owned railway company operated by the Government of India through the Ministry of Railways, will make 300 stations Wi-Fi enabled by the end of 2017. Last year, the Indian Railways telecom arm RailTel partnered with US search giant Google and provided free Wi-Fi connectivity to more than 100 stations across India.
As per the set target, all the major railway stations will have free Wi-Fi access enabled by the end of 2017. Statistically, there are over 10 million users accessing free Wi-Fi at these 100 railway stations. As per the latest estimates, Indian Railways expects 3 million users having free Wi-Fi access at all its major railway stations by 2017 end.
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Indian Railways is one of the world’s largest railway networks operating across the country and also has international connectivity with Bangladesh and Pakistan. Starting with Mumbai Central Railway Station, Indian Railways has extended its free Wi-Fi services to other stations including Aligarh, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Kochi, Kolkata, Pune, Raipur, Vishakhpatnam, and Varanasi.
Making railway stations as the centres for free Wi-Fi access has been named as Project Nilgiri. The project employs Google’s Fiber Technology and will be carried out in phases. To recap, Udhagamandalam (Ooty) is the 100th railway station to get free Wi-Fi access at its rail premises under Project Nilgiri.