PM WiFi Access Network Interface scheme launched
New Delhi, India: RailTel, a micro Ratna PSU under the Ministry of Railways, today introduced Prime Minister, PM Wi-Fi Access Network Interface (PM-WANI) programme based access to its Public WiFi services throughout 100 Railway Stations with 2384 WiFi hotspots, marking a watershed moment in the company’s history. These stations are located throughout 22 states and contain 71 Category A1, A, and 29 other category stations. This news release includes a list of a hundred stations.
At a ceremony conducted here today, Shri Puneet Chawla, Chairman and Managing Director of RailTel, gave a soft launch of these public-friendly services. On the occasion, Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyay, Executive Director and Chairman of the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), an autonomous Telecom R&D centre of the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, was present. To connect to this WiFi network, you can use the Android app ‘Wi-DOT,’ which is available on the Google Play Store.
This app was created in close collaboration with C-DOT. This technique of accessing Wi-Fi via a “mobile app” would be in addition to the present approach of selecting RailWire Service Set Identifier to access WiFi at these stations (SSID). PMWANI-based access will make it easier to use WANI-based public WiFi by allowing one-time Know Your Customer (KYC) authentication rather than one-time password (OTP) authentication. This news release includes a list of a hundred radio stations.
PM WiFi Access Network Interface
RailTel’s WiFi network now covers 6102 Rly Stations across India and has 17, 792 WiFi hotspots, with more on the way. Later, by the end of June 2022, PM-WANI-based access to RailTel’s public Wi-Fi services would be extended to all 6102 Railway Stations (where Wi-Fi is already provided) in a staged manner (total 1000 Stations by June 10th, 3000 Stations by June 20th, and all 6102 by June 30th). WiFi is being embraced all around the world to supplement LTE-based broadband service.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyay, Executive Director and Chairman Board CDOT, stressed the importance of indigenously conceived and developed technologies in satisfying the specific requirements of India’s diversified geography, including rural and remote locations.
He emphasized the synergistic partnership between C-DOT and RailTel, which will encourage innovation and lead to the design, development, and deployment of indigenous technologies in national networks such as Indian Railways. PM-WANI hotspots would be useful for providing low-cost Internet access to travellers at rural and remote railway stations around the country.
He complimented RailTel on the introduction of the coveted PM-WANI framework and promised that C-DOT will work tirelessly to connect its indigenous Telecom R&D efforts with RailTel’s unique requirements in order to accomplish the country’s overarching development goals. We will collaborate in many more areas now that we have inked an MOU with RailTel.
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