Indian Rail On Wi-Fi Enabled Stations

The Mysore railway station on Thursday became Wi-Fi enabled. The facility was launched by the Divisional Railway Manager B.B. Verma who said this would benefit tourists as also the IT professionals whose number was on the rise here. This is reckoned to be the first such facility launched in the country under the public-private partnership (PPP) model. 

The facility will enable Net users to browse the Internet broadband using their personal laptop computers on platform numbers one and two and the retiring rooms as also the waiting rooms. The facility will provide seamless connectivity in about 90 per cent of the railway station premises.

The facility is being powered by Tomizone, a New Zealand-based company that operates a global service platform to provide wireless broadband service to consumers.

This new Wi-Fi facility, that is another feather in the development cap of Mysore is going to function on a 6 month trial basis and will fetch no revenues for Mysore Railway's and is on a six-month trial basis. This will fetch no revenues for the Mysore Railway zone as there has been no investment from the side of Railway’s. The Railway's will thereafter work out a Revenue Model. This facility would then be targeted at other Karnataka Stations based on the success of the Mysore project.

Before Commonwealth games, Delhi Government has decided to make all the metro stations Wi-Fi enabled. Delhi government has identified bidders including internet and telecom players such as MTNL, Net4 India, Spectranet, Tulip IT Services and Microsense for these projects.

Currently, all Cafe Coffee Day outlets in Kamla Nagar, South Delhi and Barista Espresso Bars in Connaught Place, Janak Puri and South Delhi are Wi-Fi enabled. All Delhi Wi-Fi spots are working on 802.11g Wi-Fi standard

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