RailTel optical fibre network to cover 5000 railway stations

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New Delhi, Sep 27 (UNI) Railtel Corporation of India, a public sector undertaking under the Railway Ministry, plans to extend its Optical Fibre Communication (OFC) network from the existing about 2900 to 5,000 stations to provide bandwidth and multi-media services.

This was stated by Railway Board Chairman K C Jena during his inaugural address at the 7th Foundation Day function held at the National Rail Museum here yesterday.

After the execution of the OFC plan, RailTel's optical fibre network will go up from 30,000 route kms at present to 45000 route kms.

Mr Jena said Railtel is looking at enhancing its communication network to rural and backward areas.

The cyber cafes are already operational at 24 stations, providing Internet browsing, e-mail facility, video conferencing and other value-added services.

''RailTel has now planned to provide Wi-Fi hot spots at 50 railway stations to deliver Internet services to passengers having Wi-Fi/WiMax enabled devices,'' he said.

Mr Jena also pointed out that Railtel had obtained ISO:9001 certification, which included all the systems and processes maintained at Network Operating Centre, Operation and Maintenance practices, procurement, human resources, projects, sales and marketing departments at corporate as well as regional offices.

RailTel Managing Director S. K. Vasishta, in his welcome address, said the company is now a profit-earning PSU, taking into account the provisional earnings during the first quarter of the current fiscal.

''The revised unaudited accounts show Rs.41 crore as profit after tax during 2006-07 and the earlier accumulated losses of Rs.46 crore have thus come down to Rs.5.76 crore,'' he said.

Mr Vasishta said the objective of RailTel is to penetrate the corporate segment, including banking and financial markets, manufacturing industries and research and educational institutions to meet the fast growing demands of MPLS-VPN services, corporate leased lines and Internet leased lines in these institutions.

He said RailTel's data connectivity at every railway station on the OFC route is enabling large-scale opening of Passenger Reservation System (PRS) and Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) facilities, thus benefiting common people even at remote stations.

UNI

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