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Indian Railways installs free WiFi at 3000th station; 1,000 enabled in just 15 days

The railways' free Wi-Fi facility at stations began from Mumbai Central in January 2016 and within 16 months it was live at 1,600 stations across India. Railway's telecommunications arm RailTel began the process with a vision to turn stations into a platform for digital inclusion.

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New Delhi Updated on: August 19, 2019 18:33 IST
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Indian Railways provides 3000th station Wi-Fi

The Indian Railways has enabled free WiFi at its 3000th station as the facility went live at Rajasthan's Ellenabad on Monday. According to officials, over 1,000 railway stations have been connected in just 15 days. Situated north of the Ghaggar-Hakra river, the Ellenabad railway station in Bikaner Division of North Western Railway serves as a point of entry into the state of Haryana from Rajasthan.

Rajasthan's Rana Pratap Nagar became the 2000th station to have wi-fi facility on August 3, this year. 

The railways plans to provide free Wi-Fi facility at all its stations, around 6,000.

The railways' free Wi-Fi facility at stations began from Mumbai Central in January 2016 and within 16 months it was live at 1,600 stations across India. 

Railway's telecommunications arm RailTel began the process with a vision to turn stations into a platform for digital inclusion.

RailTel has now roped in Tata Trust for providing the facility at remaining stations in the country.

"We are going full throttle for providing Wi-Fi at all assigned stations. A thousand stations across India have been enabled with Wi-Fi in mere 15 days time which speaks volumes of the capability and dedication of the team", said Puneet Chawla, CMD, RailTel.

To use the facility, a user has to switch on the Wi-Fi mode on the smartphone and select the RailWire Wi-Fi network. The RailWire homepage automatically appears on the smartphone.

The user is then prompted to enter his or her mobile number on the homepage to get a one-time password (OTP). The OTP has to be entered in the homepage of RailWire. After entering the OTP, the user can access high-speed internet and can start browsing. 

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