RailTel to build data centers at 102 locations around the country
RailTel to build data centers – RailTel is a Central Government PSU that provides ICT services and is one of the country’s major neutral telecom infrastructure providers, with a Pan-India Optical Network. It is part of the Ministry of Railways.
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RailTel has planned to collaborate with partners to establish multiple “Edge Data Centres” in rural and semi-urban locations around the country in order to expedite the speed of digital transformation and effective digital delivery. RailTel’s new project will aid the Indian government’s Digital India initiative. Edge data centers are small data centers that are positioned near end-users and devices at the network’s edge.
Because enterprises will not have to send data to far-flung data centers to process it, having such a facility at the edge will offer faster performance and lower latency. Latency has always been an issue for data center administrators, but it has recently become a major concern in light of a wide range of next-generation applications such as big data, the Internet of Things, Cloud and streaming services, and other technological advancements.
Future partnership with RailTel
RailTel is looking for partners to build such Edge Data Centers on railway property/land in 102 locations, primarily in Tier 2 and Tier 3 municipalities. A company registered in India should be one of the possible Business Associates/Partners. This effort will result in a potential investment of roughly Rs. 500 crore. The process of establishing these Edge Data Centres has begun with the release of an Expression of Interest (EOI) document encouraging the industry to participate.
The initial capacity of the envisioned Edge Data Centre at each location, according to the proposed proposal, might be around 20 racks (5 KW to 10 KW each). Edge Data Centers with varying rack and power density, on the other hand, can be investigated depending on the need and availability of space, power, and other considerations at specific sites.
RailTel has over 9300+ Points of Presence (PoPs) and significant optical fiber connectivity along railway tracks and across Indian Railways’ properties, making the fundamental infrastructure for the establishment of such Edge Data Centres readily available. RailTel will be responsible for providing the Selected Business Associate with telecom/internet access.
Utilization of data center
The utilization of data centers for railway important applications like LTE, TCAS, and others would be prioritized. Service offerings based on market demand, such as in the health, education, and skill development sectors, will be developed in collaboration with selected partners and may include one or more basic service platforms, such as Rack Colocation, Managed Colocation, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), (cloud computing service categories), and so on.
RailTel will be able to use Edge Data Centres to deploy IT infrastructure for ‘caching’ popular content, which will improve the experience of RailWire broadband consumers because cached information will be supplied locally rather than traveling a long distance across the network. In addition, IT infrastructure for ‘peering’ with content players can be implemented in these Edge Data Centres, lowering the cost of content distribution (eg. Youtube, Hotstar, etc.)
It’s worth discussing it. “Rural districts can be fulfilled with poor latency petitions pertained to digital skills, economic inclusion, digital literacy, and so on with the help of such localized Data Centres,” announced Sh. Puneet Chawla, CMD, RailTel. The Edge Data Centres will improve the user experience and assist in the uptake of digital services by the local community, adding to the digital economy. The move will be a big step forward in the process of digital transformation. Local professionals with specialized capabilities will also be able to participate in the transformation.”
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