The vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to transform the nation as Digital India to ensure the all the services made available to citizens electronically by providing improved internet connectivity to Digitally empower the citizenshas been given top priority on Indian Railways.
In this process, free High-speed Wi-Fi facility has been provided to all the rail users across important railway stations along with selected rural railway stations.
Wi-Fi is offered as a free utility service under the brand name "RailWire" to millions of commuters who travel through stations every day. The service has seen instant adoption by users as the project gained scale and momentum. Providing High-speed public Wi-Fi to rail passengers across 400 A1 & A category railway stations all over India is completed.
Particularly, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, 24 ‘A1’ & ‘A’ category Railway stations and 27 Railway stations with rural background have been provided with High speed public Wi-Fi service, under the aegis of Rail Tel Corporation of India (RCIL) in collaboration with Google. The major railway stations that were provided with free Wi-fi are Vijayawada, Tirupati, Guntur, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam Road, Kurnool city, Tuni, Tenali, Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Nellore, Kakinada Town, Eluru, Bhimavaram Town, Anakapalli, Tadepalligudem, ongole, Gudur, Chirala, Guntakal, Renigunta, Kadapa and Anantapur.
Apart from the A1 & A category stations, the Railway Ministry directed Zonal Railways to extend High Speed Wi-Fi facility to Rural Railway Stations also. Around 300 railway stations with rural background have been provided with free High speed Wi-Fi all over India.
In the state of Andhra Pradesh, 27 railway stations with rural background have been provided with High speed free Wi-Fi. They are, Gunadala, Nidadavolu, Godavari, Kovvur, Badampudi, Bhimadolu, Chagallu, Chebrol, Denduluru, Duggirala, Gannavaram, Krishna canal, Mustabada, Navabpalem, Nuzvid, Pedavadlapudi, Peddavutapalle, Pulla, Telaprolu, Vatlur, Power pet, Mangalagiri, Namburu, Sangam jagarlamudi, Vejendla, Araku and Srungavarapukota.
·The Public Wi-Fi provided by RailTel at rural railway stations is free to use by the public situated in the surrounding areas also along with rail travelers.
·The project of provision of high speed free Wi-Fi has succeeded in its mission of bringing connectivity to millions of Indians, leveraging on the nation-wide optic fiber network.
·Simple registration process through mobile phone OTP is enough to directly access the internet provided.
·The internet speed is unrestricted for the first 30 minutes in a day per user and thereafter the speed fallbacks to 2 Mbps to allow other users to connect and experience high-speed browsing.
·While the majority of the users are in the 19-34 age group, efforts to help older and first time users of the internet with on-ground support staff has helped millions of users experience the internet for the first time.
·Over 35% of users on the network are first time Wi-Fi users. Over 50% of users access the internet multiple times in a day-highlights regular usage by users who work on pursuing their occupation from the railway stations.
·The Wi-Fi is extensively used by Public in the region to upgrade their skills.
·Internet access has now become an important requirement in day-to-day working and this high speed Wi-Fi is being used by all sections of the rail users during their stay at railway stations.