Indian railways operated by the government of India are the world largest railways network constituting 115,000 km of track running all over the country. It covers a total of 112 stations and carries an average of 23 million passengers a day.
The facility of Wi-Fi has been in demand for very long, and finally, it has been implemented by the Indian Government for the Indian Railways.
Wi-Fi is the wireless interface for the frequent interface that offers internet connectivity without actually connecting to a device. The facility in the Indian Railways will be provided with the help of routers that will enable internet connectivity through Wi-Fi signals to certain distances.
How to access the Wi-Fi?
Follow the step by step instructions given below to connect to the Wi-Fi in trains and on stations.
- The first step is to open the Wi-Fi settings and see the networks available. When you see the Indian Railways Wi-Fi available than tap on it.
- Now open the internet browser you are using and type on the address bar rail wire.co.in.
- After this, a new page will be displayed where your mobile number will be asked. Enter your mobile number.
- After this, you will receive an SMS on the mobile number you mentioned that will show you the login details of the Wi-Fi. A one-time password will also be given. Mention the OTP on the page you opened earlier on your browser.
- This is the final step and then you will be connected to the Wi-Fi provided by Indian Railways.
What will be the Wi-Fi speed?
The Wi-Fi will have an upload speed of 512 KBPS and the downloading speed will be 4 MBPS. But there are great chances that the speed will keep on varying as a large number of passengers will access it at the same time. Presently it is estimated that there are potential 10 million users who will use the Wi-Fi facility provided by the Indian Railways. Keeping this in mind the Indian Railways has joined hands with RailTel, who will lay out the fiber optical wires for the Wi-Fi in an area of 45,000 kilometers throughout the country.
Other details about the Wi-Fi facility
Some of the prime railway stations for the Wi-Fi facility are Ranchi, Raipur, Vijayawada, Kochi, Howrah, Sealdah, Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam. The project has been started under the name of Nilgiri and the technology used for stations is Google’s Fiber Technology. The satellite communication technology will be used for connecting to the Wi-Fi in moving trains. Till date, 19 prime stations have been covered for providing the facility. For the first 30 minutes the service will be available for free but after 30 minutes the passenger will be charged and the signal strength will become weak. The supporting project for Nilgiri is the Digital India Campaign which was initiated by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The project will eventually be rolled out to cover 400 railway stations across India. As per the plan, RailTel will be the ISP while Google will provide the wireless area network (WAN) and set up points of access at platforms.