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RailTel should focus on providing digital connectivity in rural areas: Suresh Prabhu

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that RailTel should adopt a “stand alone” project on providing internet connectivity in rural areas. Google Vice-President also expressed his excitement on providing Wi-Fi connectivity in railway stations.

  • Updated: September 24, 2016 12:16 PM IST
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RailTel, railways’ telecom PSU, was asked by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to adopt a stand alone approach to provide digital connectivity in far flung areas. Congratulating Railtel on its annual day, Prabhu said it plays a crucial role in providing digital connectivity across the country and has become the backbone of telecommunication network. RailTel is at the forefront in providing nation-wide Broadband Telecom and Multimedia Network in all parts of the country in addition to modernization of train operations and administration network systems for the Railways. Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can play

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We are facing challenges as India is a very big country. Some villages in the far-flung areas face difficulty in having connectivity , Prabhu said. We must have rural connectivity. Some villages in far-flung areas need stand alone solution to get digitally connected and Railtel should do that, Prabhu further said. RailTel, a telecom services provider, has a pan-India optic fiber network covering all important cities and many rural areas of the country. He said through the RailTel network digital connectivity can be used for providing telemedicine facility, education and entertainment in remote areas. With its pan-India high capacity network, RailTel is currently working towards creating a knowledge society at various fronts and has been selected for implementation of various mission-mode projects in the telecom field.

Prabhu said the country has a large youth population and we must fulfill their aspirations. Speaking on the occasion, Google Vice-President Rajan Anandan said, We are excited to provide very high speed free Wi-Fi service in partnership with RailTel. It is an important milestone. RailTel in association with Google is expected to provide free Wi-Fi facility at 400 stations by the end of 2018.

Describing the experience in providing free Wi-Fi service at crowded stations as a very exciting journey , Google Vice-President said Once we provide Wi-Fi at 400 stations there will be about 300 million Indians who go through the stations and will have access to very high speed Wi-Fi service. 300 million population is very large as India’s total internet population is about 350 million so we are incredibly excited about it, he said. ALSO READ: Google team meets Maharashtra CM, extends support to make Mumbai Wi-Fi city

 

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  • Published Date: September 24, 2016 11:30 AM IST
  • Updated Date: September 24, 2016 12:16 PM IST



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