RailTel, the telecom arm of railways is in process of launching Railwire to provide high capacity broadband service, in rural and remote areas of the country.
Railwire service has been designed to provide an open source content delivery platform for providing various services including Broadband Internet, IP telephony, e-HealthCare, e-Education, and other content driven services (like gaming, video on demand services, etc) to Home & SMB segment using cable operator’s infrastructure.
Currently Railwire service has been launched as pilot project in few areas of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala having over 6,000 customers. The service will be launched across the country. “Our aim is to reach out to rural and remote areas of the country at affordable rate,” said, B.K Bahuguna, RailTel Managing Director.
For R&D efforts in the same, RailTel has signed a tripartite MoU with DoT & IIT Roorkee to establish the Telecom Sector of Excellence in the country at IIT Roorkee. for doing research & development in the field of “ICT & Broadband Applications”.
RailTel has also built a nationwide optical fibre cable (OFC) based broadband and multimedia network and has constructed about 42,000 km of OFC network in the country, and currently work on another 7,500 km is in various stages of completion.
Currently the OFC network reaches to over 4,200 towns and cities, including rural areas.
It is also exploring ways to introduce broadband through WiFi at railway stations.
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