Chennai: Access to broadband is the first step to achieving the objectives laid down under Digital India program. The hardware to enable passengers to access free Wi-Fi on the go is now being set up across a few key stations in the city.
Speaking to this newspaper, a technician employed by a private company, which has taken up the contract to install the hotspot antennae, provided by Tech Mahindra in the tie-up with RailTel says, “Like Chennai Central, the Egmore station also has a huge volume of passenger movement.
To help travelers stay connected, we are installing as many as 47 individual antenna units in this station. Each antenna will have a broadcast radius of up to 30 meters, which we believe will be sufficient to serve the needs of the passengers here.” RailTel is the provider of the broadband service, while Google offers the access points.
Adding that a one-month deadline has been given for setup and deployment of the Wi-Fi hotspot service, the technician says that the installations have also begun at Tambaram, another station that witnesses a heavy movement of travelers.
According to a RailTel statement issued earlier this year, the Wi-Fi service is free for first half an hour to every user with a speed of 2 Mbps. Users have to register with their mobile numbers to start the session. After the first half hour, the service is chargeable with options to use recharge coupons that cab is purchased from RailTel kiosks at the railway station or recharging online.
The project intends to cover around 700 railway stations in the country. RailTel is in discussion with other agencies to provide the similar facility at other public places in the city as well.