SRINAGAR (Metro Rail News): All 15 Kashmir Valley Railway Stations, including Srinagar, have now been linked into the Indian Railways’ 6021-station Wi-Fi network. “It is a crucial step for Digital India’s mission and will go a long way in connecting the unconnected,” said Shri Piyush Goyal.
Public Wi-Fi, branded RailWire, is offered at 15 stations in the UT of Kashmir (Baramula, Hamre, Pattan, Mazhom, Budgam, Srinagar, Pampore, Kakapora, Avantipura, Panzgam, Bijbehara, Anantnag, Sadura, Qazigund, and Banihal).
Wi-fi was previously accessible in 15 stations throughout the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory – Kathua, Budhi, Chhan Arorian, Hira Nagar, Ghagwal, Samba, Vijaypur, Bari Brahman, Jammu Tawi, Bajalta, Sangar, Manwal, and Ram Nagar.
RailTel has been tasked by the Ministry of Railways with the responsibility of providing public Wi-Fi at all railway stations. The goal was to transform the Railway platform into a digital inclusion platform. Today, the Wi-Fi network is stretched across the country’s 6000+ railway stations, making it one of the world’s largest integrated wi-fi networks.
Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Commerce & Industries, and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, stated on this occasion, “Wi-Fi plays a critical role in connecting people and is rapidly closing the digital divide between rural and urban India.” Indian Railways, in collaboration with its RailTel Corporation of India Ltd, is a critical component of the effort to provide high-speed Wi-Fi to every corner of the nation. Today, on World Wi-Fi Day, I am pleased to report that Srinagar and 14 stations around the Kashmir Valley have joined one of the world’s largest integrated public Wi-Fi networks, which connects over 6000 locations nationwide. As a result, all Valley stations now provide public Wi-Fi. It is a critical step in achieving the Digital India mission’s goal of connecting the disconnected. I would like to express my gratitude to the staff at Indian Railways and RailTel for their hard efforts in achieving this great feat.”
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble MoS(IC) DONER,MoS, PMO,DOAE, DOS, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance & Pension, stated, “Today, Wi-Fi plays a critical role in connecting communities and encouraging creative solutions that help bridge the digital divide.” Due to the epidemic, the requirement for virtual connectivity is greater than ever. Indian Railways is instrumental in bridging the rural-urban gap with its CPSU RailTel’s station Wi-Fi network. I am delighted to report that 15 stations in Jammu & Kashmir’s Kashmir Valley now have RailWire Wi-Fi. This will provide an additional amenity for the region’s and country’s residents. I wish everyone a very Happy World Wireless Internet Day.”
Designed to provide the greatest possible internet experience for customers, Wi-Fi at railway stations will be available to anybody with a smartphone and a functional mobile connection for KYC purposes.
Wi-Fi connectivity not only connects communities, but also creates new opportunities for innovation and prosperity. This year’s World Wi-Fi Day celebrations emphasise the critical importance of accelerating access to cheap Wi-Fi in order to close the Digital Divide. India suffers from a pronounced digital divide between urban and rural areas. RailWire Wi-Fi at stations is assisting in connecting the disconnected, as the network’s more than 5000 stations are located in rural India with little connection.
Indian Railways is transforming railway stations into digital hubs by offering public Wi-Fi at stations across the country; 6021 stations now have RailTel’s RailWire Wi-Fi operational.