Indian Railways’ Free WiFi A Hit: Over 2.35 Crore Use Facility, To Be Extended To 4,791 Stations Soon

Shatabdi Express from Bhopal Habibganj to New Delhi (Wikimedia Commons)

Over 2.35 crore people used the RailWire high-speed WiFi service at 1,606 stations in the month of May 2019, RailTel said on Tuesday (26 June), Livemint reports. The institution also said that it will be extending the free high-speed wireless internet service to the remaining 4,791 stations within this year.

The digital arm of Indian Railways also revealed that the stations in tier 1 cities like major metropolises like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai registered a greater number of user logins and data consumption than their tier 2 counterparts. The Howrah station alone saw 4.9 lakh user logins in the May month.

Making public the astonishing numbers, RailTel said that an average user consumed 343 MB of data in an average 30-minute data session which is higher than an average 3G connection in the country which consumes about 30 MB of data per user, per day.

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RailTel CMD Puneet Chawla said, “RailTel had sought to bridge the digital divide by providing free and fast WiFi, which also bridges the experience divide of the internet where millions of users experience fast access to the internet for the first time."

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