As per news source, RailTel is preparing to facilitate remote villages with broadband and WiFi facilities. RaiTel has already provided fibre optic connectivity at over 5,900 stations across the country and mostly in rural areas.
“As we already have optic fibre cables in 58,742 route km and proper Internet WiFi services at 5,900 railway stations we have shared a proposal with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for providing broadband and WiFi services in remote villages,” a RailTel source connected to the development told IANS.
The source also reveals that RailTel has the capacity to provide broadband and WiFi services in the villages and it will be a major boost to government’s Digital India programme.
The source said that DoT has so far not responded to the proposal sent by it. The source also said that once permission is granted by the DoT then the work for providing the broadband and WiFi services will start taking shape.
RailTel is planning to provide broadband service with a basic phone and WiFi services. The source also mentioned that RailTel has no plans to enter into the voice calling services.
The source said that RailTel has the infrastructure and equipment in place at 5,900 stations across the country and they just need to extend their services to the villages, while it would take time for the private operators.
“And our services are already available at the nearest railway stations there, so we just need to extend the services to the villages,” the source added.