RailTel to provide WiFi Infrastrucure and Support for Bangalore and Vijayawada

बेंगलुरू Bangalore (SBC):  People at the Vijayawada and Bangalore City Railway Stations will soon be able to surf the Net as the WiFi facility will be made available at the station.  RailTel Corporation of India will provide the infrastructure to enable Net connectivity in the area through Wifi or it may be taken up in partnership with private enterprises if any logistical or connectivity issues are encountered by the former.

Wi-fi facility was earlier introduced in Chennai by RailTel but it could not be continued for long due to problems in its operation, which leaves the field open for either the public sector telecommunications provider which has the exclusive right of way along the country’s railway tracks for its optical fibre cable network, or some private company to take it up.

There are apprehensions about its efficacy which should guide the policy announced on Tuesday, a senior Railway official told on condition of anonymity.

RailTel is a public sector undertaking and a telecom infrastructure provider owning a pan-India optic fibre network on exclusive Right of Way (ROW) along the railway track. While presenting the Railway Budget, Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said that A1 category railway stations would get Wifi connectivity.