wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

RailTel introduces Wi-Fi service at Bangalore railway station; What about the others?

RailTel

Free Wi-Fi service has been introduced at Bangalore City railway station, reports DNA. Commuters can access the Wi-Fi network on their mobile phones.

It’s free for the first 30 minutes, after which they would have to purchase extra browsing time online using a credit card or buy a scratch card at the Wi-Fi helpdesk 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.

RailTel Corporation of India’s broadband distribution model, RailWire is providing this service. The report says that similar Wi-Fi facility will be introduced at other A1 & A category stations soon, though it’s not clear exactly when this is scheduled to be implemented. Apparently, Connaught Place in Delhi, Dadar and CST in Mumbai, and Thane stations are on the list of stations to get this service.

India’s Railways Minister D.V.Sadananda Gowda had announced plans to provide Wi-Fi at railway stations, as a part of the Railway Budget 2014. The Indian Railways had also proposed to set up Wi-Fi networks at A1 & A category stations, in August this year. At the time it was said that RailTel would provide the service through independent internet service providers (ISPs), with no investment on part of the Railways. It’s not clear if RailTel has tied-up with any ISP for the Wi-Fi service at Bangalore City railway station.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Back in 2006, the then RailTel AGM (Business Development & Public Relations) Shailesh Tiwari had told that it plans to create Wi-Fi hotspots in 500 stations and also extend the service to the neighbouring areas, in an interview. Eight years have passed but next to no progress on this front.

Only Pilots? When Will The Full Service Be Launched?

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. Pilot projects come and go, but each time at the wider implementation stage things seem to take forever.

Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

India and US come to terms on how to deal with the equalisation levy in light of the impending Global Tax Deal.

News

Find out how people’s health data is understood to have value and who can benefit from that value.

News

The US and other countries' retreat from a laissez-faire approach to regulating markets presents India with a rare opportunity.

News

When news that Walmart would soon accept cryptocurrency turned out to be fake, it also became a teachable moment.

News

The DSCI's guidelines are patient-centric and act as a data privacy roadmap for healthcare service providers.

You May Also Like

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ