Date of Post: 20 July, 2018
New Delhi: The Indian Railways has decided to provide free Wi-Fi facility at all its stations, except at halt stations, without involving any expenditure on the national carrier’s account, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said.
Against the target for provision of Wi-Fi at 100 stations in 2016-17, 200 stations in 2017-18 and 500 stations in 2018-19, 707 stations have been provided with Wi-Fi facility as on date, Gohain told the Lok Sabha.
- RailTel has entered into an agreement with Mahataa Information India Private Limited (MIIPL), a group company of Google, for providing Wi-Fi facility at ‘A1’ & ‘A’ category stations.
- Gohain said, the cost of providing Wi-Fi facility at ‘A1’ & ‘A’ category stations, where RailTel has entered into an agreement with MIIPL, is shared by RailTel & MIIPL.
- RailTel has been advised to follow revenue sharing model for ‘B’ & ‘C’ category stations as well.
- Gohain said, the Department of Telecommunication has been approached to provide funds under the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) for Wi-Fi at ‘D’ & ‘E’ category stations.
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