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3000th railway station gets Wi-Fi

Incidentally, the 2000th station to get Wi-Fi was Rana Pratap Nagar, also under the North Western Railway, on August 3, 2019.

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Updated: Aug 19, 2019, 07.51 PM IST
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Free Wi-Fi services to passengers are being provided under ‘RailWire’- the retail Broadband initiative of RailTel.
NEW DELHI:Ellenabad railway station under Bikaner Division of North Western Railway, became the 3000th station in the country to have free public Wi-Fi, an official statement said. A historic town in Haryana, Ellenabad is situated at the north of the Ghaggar- Hakra river, and serves as a port of entry into Haryana from Rajasthan.

Incidentally, the 2000th station to get Wi-Fi was Rana Pratap Nagar, also under the North Western Railway, on August 3, 2019.

The development is part of Indian Railways' promise to provide free Wi-Fi at all stations, (except the halt stations), for which Team RailTel is making efforts to meet the target. In the first phase, Wi-Fi was provided 'live' at 1600 stations across country. RailTel has now roped in Tata Trust for providing Wi-Fi at the remaining railway stations across the country.

Talking about the Wi-Fi project, Puneet Chawla, chairman,RailTel said:“We are going full throttle for providing Wi-Fi at all assigned stations.1000 stations across India have been enabled with Wi-Fi within a span of 15 days only, which speaks volumes of the capability and dedication of the team.”

Easy and low-cost availability of smart phones in the market coupled with free Wi-Fi at railway stations in rural area will go a long way in the digital growth for rural India, the statement said.

Free Wi-Fi services to passengers are being provided under ‘RailWire’- the retail Broadband initiative of RailTel. Designed to offer users the best Internet experience, RailWire Wi-Fi 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. Following this, the RailWire homepage will automatically appear on the smartphone.

The user then has to enter his or her mobile number on this homepage. The user will receive a 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 the OTP, users will be able to access high speed internet.

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