Indian Railways has successfully completed the work of providing free public Wi-Fi at 5500 stations across the country. The Wi-Fi is being provided under the brand name of RailWire. To transform the Railway stations into the hub of Digital inclusion, Indian Railways mandated RailTel, a Miniratna PSU under Ministry of Railways, to provide free high-speed Wi-Fi at the Railway stations.
This journey was embarked upon in January 2016 from the financial capital of India – Mumbai Central station – and in a span of 46 months Railways has successfully provided Wi-Fi at 5500 stations across the country, according to a PIB release. The aim of the initiative is to provide Wi-Fi at all Railway stations (except the halt ones). RailTel has partnered with organizations such as Google, Tata Trust, PGCIL for some parts of the project and also received funding from Department of Telecom USOF for 200 stations.
The month of October 2019 saw total 1.5 crores of user logins in ‘RailWire’ Wi-Fi services across all stations consuming 10242 TB of data. The aim is to provide free Wi-Fi to students using their waiting time to download study materials, vendors using the service for digital payment transactions, daily passengers using their time at stations learning new skill or surfing net.
How to Use Indian Railways RailWire Wi-Fi?
RailWire Wi-Fi at Railway stations will be available to any user who has a smartphone with working mobile connection for KYC considerations. To use the Wi-Fi the user has to switch on the Wi-Fi mode on the smartphone and select the RailWire Wi-Fi network. The RailWire homepage automatically appears on the smartphone.
The user has to enter his or her mobile number on this homepage. The user will get one-time password (OTP) in form of SMS in the message box which has to be entered in the home page of RailWire. After entering OTP Users will be able to access high speed internet & can start internet browsing.