RailTel has already provided public WiFi network in over 760 railway stations across the country and caters to more than 8 million users per month.
Kumbh Mela 2019 gets free high-speed WiFi from Indian Railways! Indian Railways has transformed the Kumbh Mela ground at Prayagraj into a free high-speed WiFi Zone. This comes as a relief for crores of pilgrims, visiting the Mela ground to take a dip in the Ganga river, as there are issues regarding poor mobile networks. The free high-speed WiFi has been provided by RailTel, a subsidiary of the Indian Railways. The WiFi facility has helped the pilgrims to opt for WhatsApp calls in case they can’t make voice calls. The Kumbh Mela 2019 has begun on January 15 and will end on March 4.
How to use free high-speed WiFi provided by Indian Railways at Kumbh Mela 2019?
Devotees are being provided free high-speed WiFi by RailTel’s RailWire for the first one hour. After the usage of the first hour, the users must buy a recharge coupon of Rs 10 valid for using the WiFi facility for one day. Apart from the WiFi, the administration has been utilising mobile network to provide information of day-to-day activities as well as traffic updates. The daunting task of creating an infrastructure for catering to this massive audience was done by installing over 1100 outdoor access points with supplementary indoor routers at several eating joints and restaurants. The mammoth task has made the event as the first “Smart Kumbh Mela”, says Indian Railways.
With an aim to address inconveniences, if any, faced by pilgrims over the usage of WiFi, around 10,000 posters have been placed around Kumbh Mela 2019. Over 100 people have been made WiFi Mitra whose responsibility is to spread awareness of this service. The average daily user logins have crossed 40 000.
Puneet Chawla, CMD of RailTel said that over 7 lakh people have availed the WiFi service till date. He expects the number of users of WiFi service to cross 50 lakh by the end of February. Bobby Sarin, Chairman, Hulsberg Enterprises said data consumption has increased three-fold in three weeks and is expected to surge as more and more users login into the network.
RailTel has already provided public WiFi network in over 760 railway stations across the country and caters to more than 8 million users per month. RailTel has already created RailWire WiFi network in stations. The RailWire is the retail Broadband initiative of RailTel.