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Railways starts Wi-Fi facility on Howrah-Rajdhani Express

Being introduced for the first time on Indian Railways through state-of-the-art technology at a total cost of Rs 6.30 crore

Pradeesh Chandran  |  Bangalore 

The passengers on the Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani would now have a facility while travelling.

Minister of Pawan Kumar Bansal on Tuesday launched Wi-Fi- facility as a pilot on the

“To introduce access in a moving train was a technological challenge considering that the train passes through all type of terrain and continuous access in all weather is to be provided. After due deliberations on various options for providing access, Indian decided for satellite communication link to the train and connectivity to different coaches,” said in a statement.

The facility is being introduced for the first time on Indian through state-of-the-art technology at a total cost of Rs 6.30 crore covering all the three rakes of

The satellite communication link is arranged through a satellite hub facility set up by the Indian

Initially, 4 Mbps download bandwidth and 512 Kbps upload bandwidth is earmarked for facility in a moving train, the statement added.

For accessing the facility, the passengers will have to access the Indian Railway network. The passengers will be able to register by providing the PNR and other details like mobile number among others. On validation of the data entered by the passengers, as per the existent DOT guidelines, the Login ID and Password will be sent through an SMS to the registered mobile number. The Login ID and Password will remain valid for the entire journey.

Indian intend to extend this service on other Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto express trains progressively based on the customer feedback and acceptance, it said.

First Published: Tue, April 02 2013. 19:35 IST