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Indian Railways to Introduce Wi-Fi Services at 400 Stations

Indian Railways proposes to introduce Wi-Fi services at 400 railway stations (‘A1’ & ‘A’ category) throughout the country and in select trains.

Wi-Fi facility in three rakes of Howrah Rajdhani Express has been provided as a pilot project and Railway further proposes to provide this facility in select trains (Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duranto Category). This facility will be provided selecting suitable technology for continuous connectivity with the World Wide Web when the train is on move.

Presently, provision of Wi-Fi facility at 75 ‘A1’ category stations is in progress. Wi-Fi facility in three rakes of Howrah Rajdhani Express has already been commissioned. Provision of Wi-Fi Broadband facility in other select trains involves bandwidth from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and modification in Power Cars to house satellite antenna and associated equipments. It will take 18-24 months for completion, subject to availability of funds.

Wi-Fi at Bengaluru station has been commissioned in October 2014. For the balance A1 category stations, work is in progress and is likely to e commissioned in the next 12 months and subsequently work in A category stations will be taken up.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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