New Delhi, Tech Desk. RailTel on Monday (May 9) launched the Pradhan Mantri Wi-Fi Access Network Interface (PM-WANI) scheme based on its public WiFi services at 100 railway stations with 2,384 WiFi hotspots in 22 states. PM-WANI is a program of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to connect all silo Wi-Fi networks for ease of use and increase broadband access for the public.

This service was launched by Puneet Chawla, Chairman and Managing Director, RailTel keeping in mind the people. Let us inform that Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyay, Chairman and Executive Director of C-DOT was also present on this occasion. To access this WiFi network, Android users can download Wi-DoT, a mobile app available on the Google Play Store. This app has been developed in association with C-DOT.

RailTel informed that this method of accessing Wi-Fi through ‘Mobile App’ will be provided to passengers in addition to the existing method of accessing WiFi at these stations through the traditional method of selection of RailWire Service Set Identifier (SSID). When someone tries to access PM-WANI based public WiFi, PM-WANI-based access will provide One-Time Know Your Customer (KYC) facility to avoid One Time Password (OTP) based authentication.

RailTel’s WiFi network is now spread across 6,102 railway stations across the country and has 17,792 WiFi hotspots. The government plans to extend PM-WANI based reach of RailTel’s public Wi-Fi services to all 6,102 railway stations (where Wi-Fi facility is available) in a phased manner by the end of June 2022. A total of 1,000 railway stations will be provided by June 10, 3,000 railway stations by June 20 and all 6,102 railway stations by June 30, 2022.

Puneet Chawla informed that RailTel is making continuous efforts to provide broadband internet connectivity to more and more rural areas as part of Digital India Mission. C-DOT Chairman Rajkumar Upadhyay said that together with C-DOT and RailTel, innovation will be encouraged for the design, development of indigenous technology in the national network including Indian Railways. He further said that PM-WANI hotspots will prove useful in providing cost-effective internet access to commuters at rural and remote railway stations across the country.

Edited By: Ankita Pandey