RailTel, which has provided fibre optic connectivity at over 5,900 stations across the country and mostly in rural areas, is now planning to provide broadband and WiFi facilities in remote villages, sources said on Friday.
Around 58,742 route km Optic fibre cables and proper Internet WiFi services at 5,900 railway stations have been made available and we have shared a proposal with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for providing broadband and WiFi services in remote villages.
The RailTel, which has a presence even in the remote areas of the country, has the capacity to provide broadband and WiFi services in the villages, which will be a mega boost for the government’s Digital India programme.
The DoT has so far not responded to the proposal sent by it. The source said that once permission is granted by the DoT, then the work for providing the broadband and WiFi services will start taking shape. The source said that
RailTel plans to provide broadband service with a basic phone and WiFI services. It clarified that it has no plans to enter into the voice calling services.