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In a first, Bangalore rail station offers wi-fi

BENGALURU

The Indian Railways has successfully implemented the wi-fi facility at Bangalore City Railway station for providing high speed internet to the passengers. Bangalore railway station has now become the first station in the country to have wi-fi facility for passengers.

“RailWire” – the retail Broadband distribution model of RailTel Corporation of India. a PSU of the Ministry of Railways, is the powering engine for distributing internet bandwidth through WiFi. RailTel has been mandated to provide wi-fi facility at A1 & A category stations and Bangalore is the first such stations being taken up this facility by RailTel as a pilot.

Wi-fi facility shall be available to the passengers on their Mobile Phones free of charges initially for a period of 30 minutes. For usage beyond 30 minutes, the user may purchase scratch cards, which will be made available at the wi-fi Help Desk. These are priced at Rs.25 for 30 minutes and Rs.35 for 1 Hour and are valid through 24 hours.Additional browsing time can also be purchased on-line using Credit/Debit cards.

The facility has been created by RailTel with a Gigabit Ethernet network using Optic Fibre in a ring. 17 such GE switches deliver to 46 Nos of Wireless Access Points (AP), which are commissioned strategically at all 10 Platforms including concourse area. OFC cable has been laid in all the platforms at Bangalore City Station, including FOB & Subway.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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