Bangalore City railway station is India's first to have WiFi facility

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Bangalore, Oct 28: Bangalore City Railway station has become India's first station to have WiFi facility for passengers. This service will help the commuters to stay connected and surf internet on the go.

As per PIB, "The Indian Railways has successfully implemented Wi-Fi facility in Bangalore City Railway station for providing high speed internet to the passengers. "RailWire" - the retail Broadband distribution model of RailTel Corporation of India Ltd, a PSU of the Ministry of Railways, is the powering engine for distributing internet bandwidth through WiFi."

As per, "Five different locations including MG road in the city now have free wifi and the IT department of Karnataka wants to spread it to 10 more locations by next month."

The facility at Bangalore is taken up as a pilot project. The Minister of Railways, D V Sadananda Gowda recently inaugurated the facility and dedicated the service for passengers.

The PIB statement further said, "The facility has been created by RailTel with a Gigabit Ethernet network using Optic Fibre in a ring. 17 such GE switches deliver to 46 Nos of Wireless Access Points (AP), which are commissioned strategically at all 10 Platforms including concourse area. OFC cable has been laid in all the platforms at Bangalore City Station, including FOB & Subway."

The Wi-Fi facility will be free of charges for the first 30 minutes nad beyond that the user will have to purchase scratch cards, which will be available at the WiFi Help Desk.

These scratch cards will be priced Rs 25 for 30 minutes and Rs 35 for one hour and will be valid for 24 hours. Additional browsing time can also be purchased on-line using Credit/Debit cards.

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