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RailTel proposes broadband, WiFi services in remote areas

RailTel, which has offered fibre optic connectivity at over 5,900 stations throughout the nation and largely in rural areas, is now planning to offer broadband and WiFi amenities in remote villages, sources stated on Friday.

“As we already have optic fibre cables in 58,742 route km and proper Internet WiFi services at 5,900 railway stations we have shared a proposal with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for providing broadband and WiFi services in remote villages,” a RailTel supply related to the event advised IANS.

The supply stated that RailTel, which has a presence even in the remote areas of the nation, has the capability to offer broadband and WiFi services in the villages, which will likely be a mega enhance for the federal government’s Digital India programme.

The supply stated that DoT has up to now not responded to the proposal despatched by it.

The supply stated that when permission is granted by the DoT, then the work for offering the broadband and WiFi services will begin taking form.

The supply stated that RailTel plans to offer broadband service with a primary telephone and WiFI services. It clarified that it has no plans to enter into the voice calling services.
The supply stated that RailTel has the infrastructure and gear in place at 5,900 stations throughout the nation and so they simply want to increase their services to the villages, whereas it might take time for the personal operators.

The supply stated that contemplating the truth that many operators services should not out there in many remote areas so laying the cables and organising cell towers will take time for them.
“And our services are already available at the nearest railway stations there, so we just need to extend the services to the villages,” the supply added.

RailTel, a Miniratna public sector unit beneath the Ministry of Railways, handles essential communication techniques, video conferencing and implementation of e-office platform in addition to storing necessary information for the nationwide transporter in its two information centres in Haryana’s Gurugram and Telangana’s Secunderabad. IANS

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