West Bengal’s Midnapore becomes 5000th Wi-Fi enabled railway station
The Midnapore railway station has become the 5,000th railway station to be Wi – Fi enabled. According to RailTel, Rail Wire Wi – Fi is the biggest public Wi Fi in the world.
About Rail Wire Wi – Fi
Rail Wire is an initiative by RailTel under the Indian Railways. It is a joint venture with MSOs offering multimedia access, voice and video.
In a span of 44 months, around 5,000 stations have received Wi – Fi facility. The first station to avail this facility was the Mumbai Central Station in January 2016.
It is a Mini – Ratna Public Sector Undertaking that owns the Pan – India optic fiber network. The Optic Fiber Cable (OFC) system was first proposed by the Railway reform committee, 1983. Mini Ratna are the the Public Sector Undertakings that has earned a profit of Rs 30 crore in the last three years.
Rail Tel was established in 2000 as a PSU under the Indian Railways.
RailTel provides free Wi Fi access at the station in collaboration with Google. In 2016, Google announced public Wi Fi initiative called Google Station. It plans to spread the initiatives to locations like malls and cafes as well.
Along with Google, Tata Trust was also roped in to provide Wi Fi at B,C,D and E category stations as well.