The growing number of wifi enabled railway stations in india

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Sujoy Nandy, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

Recently we got the news that Railtel, the Indian Railways’ arm that provides internet services as RailWire , along with Google launched free high-speed public wifi at Bhubaneshwar railway station. Now Bhubaneshwar is one among the other railway stations in India that provides free wifi facilities. The other stations include Pune, Mumbai, Bhopal, Ranchi, Raipur, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Kochi and Vishakhapatnam. The target is to cover other 100 major stations by the end of 2016.
Wifi is one of the most important technologies of computer networking. This enabling of wifi in the railway stations will allow the commuters to access wireless internet service. How valuable it would it be for the commuters to use the internet for reading news, for cancelling or booking a railway on line ticket, use networking sites and communicate with others. Now business people will have a breath of relief as they will be able to use their laptops in the railway stations for official work during long train delays. The technology will enable the commuters to catch a live match while waiting at the station. This wifi can serve a great purpose by providing free connectivity to a large number of commuters and will set a new benchmark for providing a reliable and consistent connectivity in the country.
This great work by the Indian Railways minister serves the need to modernise the facilities provided by the Indian railways and making them comparable to the global standards. Indian Railways has taken the lead to offer the best Wi-Fi network experience available to passengers today in the country. While the service will be free for a reasonable amount of time, the long-term goal will be  to make this project self-sustainable to allow for expansion to more stations and places, with RailTel and other partners, in the future.

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