Railtel, the Indian Railways’ arm that offers Internet services as RailWire, along with Google today announced the launch of free high-speed public WiFi service at nine new railway stations. After the first launch at Mumbai Central, starting today users in Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Ranchi, Raipur, Vijayawada, Kacheguda (Hyderabad), Ernakulum Jn (Kochi) and Vishakhapatnam will be able to access the network using their smartphones for free.
With these launches, Google has now rolled out public WiFi service across ten key railways stations, enabling access to over 1.5 million Indians every day. The service will be formally inaugurated by Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu soon.
“The service built over the fiber network of Raitel is designed to offer high speed broadband experience to users. Travelers passing through these stations will now be able to easily stream a high definition video while they’re waiting, research their destination, download a book or a new game for their journey,” Google said in a press release.
Google also promised to expand its public WiFi network along with Indian Railways and Railtel to 100 stations in India by the end of this year that is estimated to cover 10 million Indians. The project will be eventually rolled out to cover 400 train stations across India.
“The network is now live in ten key stations across the country and we are scaling up our efforts to roll out the network quickly to cover some of smaller stations where connectivity is much more limited. As internet adoption grows in India, easy and affordable access to high-speed networks is the real need of the hour. With 100 stations live, this project will be the largest publicly accessible high speed Wi-Fi network in the country, but our real hope is that this project will set new benchmarks in delivering a reliable and consistent network connectivity in the country,” said Gulzar Azad, head of Access Project, at Google India.
How to access Railwire WiFi service
In your device’s setting, select Railwire network, then open your browser and type railwire.co.in
Then enter your phone number on the screen and press “Receive SMS”.
You will receive an SMS with 4-digit code. Enter the code and press Done.
From there, you will see a checkmark letting you known that you’re connected to Railwire’s WiFi service.