NEW DELHI: RailTel Corporation of India Ltd. has added yet another jewel in its crown by wining the ‘Best Social Wi-Fi Project Award’ by Digianalysys at My India Wi-Fi Summit 2018. The award was presented in a grand ceremony on 6th September 2018 at New Delhi. RailTel won the award in recognition of it’s Rural station Wi-Fi initiative supported by Universal Service Obligatory Fund (USOF) of Department of Telecom, Govt of India.
RailTel was entrusted with the work of providing high speed Wi-Fi service at 200 B, D, E & F category stations across India with the utilization of Universal Service Obligatory Fund (USOF) of Department of Telecom. The idea behind providing Wi-Fi in these stations were to transform the Railway stations into a platform for Digital inclusion for the populations of the nearby areas of those stations. RailTel completed the work of providing Wi-Fi service at 200 B, D, E & F category stations in a span of mere 4 months. The Wi-Fi service is branded under RailWire, RailTel’s retail broadband service.
These stations see very less footfall yet we have 5 lakh+ and growing monthly logins which speaks volume of the success of the project. We plan to leverage the Wi-Fi systems installed at station to create a larger eco system of digital literacy by opening small kiosks- RailWire Saathi stall- at stations to help people use internet and access various online services.
RailTel is a major player in Public Wi-Fi space and RailTel have successfully provided Wi- Fi in 700+ railway stations across India and with more than 8 million users login monthly this network is one of the largest Public Wi-Fi network of the world. Out of these 200 rural (B,D,E,F category) stations were done with the USOF of DoT, 413 large( A,A1 and C category) station Wi-Fi were executed in partnership with Google and 98 more stations were executed by RailTel on it’s own. We have plan of further providing Wi-Fi at more railway stations across India.
RailTel Corporation a “Mini Ratna (Category-I)” PSU is one of the largest neutral telecom services providers in the country owning a Pan-India optic fiber network covering all important towns & cities of the country and several rural areas covering 70% of India’s population. RailTel is in the forefront in providing nationwide Broadband Telecom & Multimedia Network in all parts of the country in addition to modernization of Train operations and administration network systems for Indian Railways. With its Pan India high capacity network, RailTel is working towards creating a knowledge society at various fronts and has been selected for implementation of various mission-mode Govt. of India projects in the telecom field.