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1600 Railway Stations Transformed into RailWire Wi-Fi zones

RailWire Wi-Fi by RailTel is now live at 1600 railway stations across the country.

1600 Railway Stations Transformed into RailWire Wi-Fi zones

  1. The Santacruz railway station in Mumbai became the 1600th station to become a RailWire Wi-Fi zone.

About RailWire:

  • RailWire is a retail Broadband initiative of RailTel.
  • It envisages extending broadband and application services to the public.
  • RailTel is working to establish bringing fast and free Wi-Fi at all stations (except the halt stations) within a year.
  • RailTel has provided high-speed Wi-Fi at 985 stations with its funding.
  • The Wi-Fi at 415 A, A1 and C category stations has been provided in association with Google as the technology partner.
  • Wi-Fi connections at 200 stations were provided with support from the Universal Service Obligatory Fund of the Government of India.

About the Universal Service Obligation Fund:

  • Universal Service Obligation Fund was instituted by the Government of India to help fund projects to boost connectivity in rural areas.
  • The money for this fund comes through a 'Universal Access Levy,' charged from the telecom operators as a percentage of various licenses fees being paid by them.

About RailTel:

  • RailTel Corporation of India Ltd. is a Miniratna public sector enterprise of Government of India.
  • It is one of the largest neutral telecom infrastructure providers in the country owning a Pan-India optic fibre network on exclusive Right of Way (ROW) along Railway track.
Question:

Q. Which retail broadband initiative of RailTel is now live at 1600 railway stations across the country?
a. RailNet
b. RailWire
c. RailWi-Fi
d. RailConnect
1600 Railway Stations Transformed into RailWire Wi-Fi zones 1600 Railway Stations Transformed into RailWire Wi-Fi zones Reviewed by Neha on April 12, 2019 Rating: 5

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