Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) which operates in India as MTS India has partnered with the Indian Railways to set up Wi-Fi hotspots at Agra, Ahmedabad & Varanasi railway stations by the first quarter of 2015, reports The Economic Times.
The deal has been finalised recently, and so there are no details about data speeds and tariffs that would be offered to commuters.
This move is part of MTS India’s plan to increase the contribution of its non-voice revenues (includes data & VAS) to 50% from the current 43%.
This year in May, MTS India had tied-up with Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) to provide free Wi-Fi services on all trains running on the 5.1 Km long six station corridor. Additionally, the company had also claimed that it would provide free Wi-Fi services at four stations along this corridor – Sikanderpur, IndusInd Bank Cyber City, Phase 2, and Micromax Moulsari Avenue. The company had said that commuters would get access to data speeds of up to 9.8 Mbps on its 3GPLUS network. From October 1, MTS India changed this to a paid service.
The ET report mentions that MTS India is also planning to replicate the Rapid Metro Wi-Fi model in other cities like Jaipur & Lucknow, where metro projects are under works, as well as in Mumbai.
Earlier this year, Vodafone had also introduced a Wi-Fi zone for its customers at the Belvedere Rapid Metro Station in Gurgaon.
Wi-Fi services at railway stations
Last month, RailTel Corporation of India had set up Wi-Fi hotspots at Bangalore City railway station. Access is free for the first 30 minutes, after which commuters need to purchase extra browsing time online or buy a scratch card from the kiosk set up at the station. For 30 minutes of extra browsing time commuters will have to pay Rs 25 and for 1 hour the price is Rs 35, and these are valid for 24 hours.
Indian Railways had launched free Wi-Fi service at the New Delhi railway station, back in July 2013. It had also rolled out Wi-Fi facility in 3 rakes of Howrah-New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express as a pilot project, in April 2013 after initially announcing it in February 2011. Other pilot projects include Wi-Fi on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express and Chennai- Bangalore-Chennai Shatabdi Express, both in 2009.