The Railways has provided free WiFi at 5500 stations across the country. Jharkhand’s Mahuamilan railway station has become the 5500th station to get the facility. Free Wi-Fi service to passengers are being provided under RailWire.
The Railways began the service of providing free WiFi at its stations from January 2016 from Mumbai Central station.
To transform the Railway stations into the hub of Digital inclusion, Indian Railways mandated RailTel, a Miniratna public sector undertaking under Ministry of Railways, to provide free high-speed Wi-Fi at the Railway stations.
CMD of RailTel, Puneet Chawla, said, in October this year, a total of 1.5 crores user logins in RailWire Wi-Fi services across all stations. He said, free access to high-speed Wi-Fi will help in bridging the digital divide between rural and urban India.
Indian Railways passengers and people at the stations who want to use free high-speed WiFi should have smartphones. They need to switch on the WiFi mode and opt for the RailWire WiFi network. The RailWire homepage will appear on the smartphone screen.
The passenger needs to enter his or her mobile number on the homepage. A (OTP) will be sent to that number in the form of SMS. Subsequently, the OTP needs to be submitted and high-speed internet can be accessed for free.
Free high-speed WiFi facility at Indian Railways stations is one of the largest public WiFi networks of the world. Indian Railways has said that free WiFi services will help bridge the digital gap between urban and rural India.
Free high-speed WiFi facility at Indian Railways stations has ensured that students can utilize their waiting time to download study materials, vendors can do digital payment transactions, daily passengers can learn a new skill by surfing the internet.