उत्तर मध्य रेलवे
उत्तर मध्य रेलवे,प्रयागराज
पत्रांक: 11पीआर/12/2021 प्रेस विज्ञप्तिदिनांक: 16.12.2021
Bridging the Digital Divide: Free Wi-Fi Internet facilities provided at 291 stations over North Central Railway (NCR) ZONE.
Indian Railways has been on the forefront of implementing Digital Initiatives, realizing the dream of Digital India and Information Technology-oriented passenger applications/amenities like National Train Enquiry System and the Passenger Reservation System have been revolutionizing the passenger travel experience. Now, Indian Railways is forging ahead with providing access to Internet Facility to the passengers through its Wi-Fi Network Connectivity/ facility at Railway Stations.
In a major public friendly measure, 291 stations over North Central Railway Zone have been equipped withfreehigh speed Wi-Fi Internet Connectivityso far making around 3229 Route Kms of North Central Railway covered with OFC (Optical Fibre Cable). Work of making this facility available at almost 95 %of the targetted Stations in North Central Railway has been completed.
Division wise coverage in NCR is:
Prayagraj Division: 124 Stations
Jhansi Division: 105 Stations
Agra Division: 62 Stations
The no. of users of these station Wi-Fi facilities is graduallyincreasing.
This project has been taken up in a mission mode for turning Railway Stations into hubs of digital inclusion.
The responsibility to implement this remarkable Digital India initiative has beenentrusted to Railway Mini Ratna PSU "RAILTEL". Working tirelessly andcontinuously, RAILTEL is providing state of the art public Wi-Fi under the brand name of Railwire. RailTel has so far commissioned this facility at more than 6000 stations across India.
NCR from time to time keeps launching awareness campaigns for promoting this facility. Through Videos and Messages on Social Media, Regular Announcements, Hoarding and Banners at Stations, North Central Railway has been promoting the usage of Wi-Fi Facility by the Rail Users and Passengers.
This is one of the largest and fastest public Wi-Fi networks of the world. Indian Railways intend to provide Wi-Fi at all (except the halt ones) Railway stations and only few hundred stations are left to reach the mark where work is in progress.
Railway Stations are places where cross-section of the society converges. The quickening pace of modernisation and manifold increase in smart phone usage has triggered a ‘Digital India’ revolution.Envisaged in 2015 Rail Budget, the project of providing free Wi-FiInternetfacility at stations aims to bring free Wi-Fi access to railway stations across India..This includes small stations located in remote villages as well.
Public visiting stations can use this facility for streaming High Definition (HD) Videos, download of movies, songs, games, and do their offices work online.
Students, especially UPSC, RRB, RRC & SSC aspirants from remote locations with limited access to internet, use the station Wi-Fi facilities for their preparations. Passengers are also using this facility for leveraging entertainments on their personal devices. Feedback from Passengers at Major Stations across North Central Railway at Prayagraj, Kanpur, Agra Cantt, Mathura, Jhansi, Gwalior etcindicate excellent connectivity, seamless data access and great facility for the passengers.
The Railwire Wi-Fi facility is very user friendly. To switch on the connection, passengers need to scan Wi-Fi options and choose Railwire. once the browser takes the user to the Railwire portal, it will ask for a mobile number to which a one Time Password (OTP) will be sent. once connected, the Wi-Fi connection will last for 30 minutes. This helps the rail passengers to stay connected and updated with railway information.
The Wi-fi is free for the first 30 min of usage every day at 1 mbps speed. For using the Wi-Fi facility further at higher speed, the user needs to choose a plan with higher speed by paying a nominal fee. The plans vary from Rs. 10/day (for 5 GB @ 34 MBPS) to Rs. 75/30 day (for 60 GB @ 34 MBPS) excluding GST. A number of payment options like net banking, wallet, credit card can be used to purchase plan online.
These initiatives of Indian Railway and RailTel have paved the way for the common Indian Railway Traveller to reap the benefits of Digital Technology, truly ensuring that Digital India is happening where it really matters – on Stations of Indian Railways where the public can have free access to Technology through RailWire’s Wi –fi.