Railway Ministry starts implementing its 2013 budget promise with the Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express.
After floating the idea of free Wi-Fi on trains at the 2013 Rail budget, Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal seems to have started to make good on his pledge. The internet connectivity for this pilot project is being provided by Railtel. The service goes live and will be free of cost for passengers travelling on the Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express.
Before making it available for the Delhi-Howrah route, a trial-run was carried out on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express. In an official statement, the Railway Minister has promised to extend the facility to 50 more rakes including Rajdhani, Shatabdi, and Duronto trains. Powered by a satellite hub facility set up by the Indian Railways, satellite antennas will be placed in one of the two power cars of the rake. The service will offer 4 Mbps of download and 512 Kbps upload bandwidth inside the moving train. To use the functionality, passengers only need to register with details such as the PNR and their mobile number, after which, a login ID and password will be sent via SMS. The free Wi-Fi access on the train will be valid for the duration of the journey.