Mangaluru, Sept 18, 2016: Railtel is on a mission to bring Internet to millions of passengers in railway stations across India, so Mangaluru Central is now an integral part of this net work. It was a tweet from Suresh R Prabhu, railway minister that announced to netizens of MAQ, as this city is referred to in railway code that Indian Railways uses to identify Mangaluru Central, is now part of the organization’s ambitious plan to roll out Wi-Fi to railway stations across India in a phased manner.
Mangaluru Central along with Coimbatore, Jodhpur and Hazipur joined the growing list of railway stations to be covered under ministry’s ambitions ’Station Wi-Fi Project’ implemented by RailTel. Officials in Palakkad division of Southern Railway told media that WiFi is being offered on all platforms of the railway station under a soft launch of the facility. "Now, one can access up to 100mbps speed on their WiFi compatible devise for up to one hour," the sources said.
RailTel has roped in Google as technology partner for setting up fast Wi-Fi network initially covering 100 A1 and A category stations for providing Wi Fi to around 10 million Indians a day by end of 2016. Wi-Fi services are being provided under ’Railwire’, retail broadband distribution model of RailTel and is designed to offer users best Internet experience. Railwire Wi-Fi will be available to any user who has a working mobile connection on a smartphone.
To ensure security, the media access control (MAC) address of the device logging on to the WiFi network is captured, the sources said. RailTel in its website states that contributing towards fulfillment of PM Narendra Modi’s ’Digital India’ initiative, Indian Railways has decided to provide Wi-Fi Broadband facility to rail users at major railway stations. RailTel has taken a lead in providing fast Wi-Fi for the use of passengers at A1, A category railway stations.