Railways to start free Wi-Fi 'RailWire' at 6,471 stations by March 2021: Piyush Goyal

New Delhi: Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, said in the Parliament today that Wi-Fi services are proposed to be provided at 6,471 stations (all stations other than F category halt stations) of the Indian Railways. Under ‘RailWire’, 5,816 stations are targeted to be provided with Wi-Fi services by March 2020.

The remaining 655 stations are targeted to be provided with Wi-Fi services by March 2021. So far this facility has been provided at 5,491 stations up to 3 December 2019.

RailTel has signed agreement/MoU for extending Wi-Fi services with the following agencies:

  1. Mahataa Information India Pvt Ltd (MIIPL) (a group company of Google).
  2. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited.
  3. Department of Telecom under Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).
  4. Tata Trusts and Vijyavahini Charitable Foundation and Indian Railways.

During the month of October, 2019, a total of 1,51,45,433 (1.51 crore) unique users logged into free Wi-Fi services provided at Railway Stations of Indian Railways.

So far funds of Rs 27.77 crores have been sanctioned by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) under Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) for the provision of Wi-Fi services at 200 railway stations in rural areas.

The remaining stations have been completed in collaboration with other organizations under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/charity funding and in partnership with Railways.

This information was given by the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


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