The Indian Railways is planning to make the New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express the first Wi-Fi-enabled train in the country. “Internet browsing using the Wi-Fi technology is planned to be introduced in the Howrah- Rajdhani Express as a pilot project by December-end,” a member of the Railway Board said. The Wi-Fi facility, available at the international airports in the country, enables laptop users to access the Net without plugging into a regular connection, or having to use a data card.
“Both business travelers and commuters will be interested in using wireless services on trains as it will enable them to productively use the nearly 24 hour travel and be in touch with the global community and share their experiences in real time,” the official said. They said the facility would be initially available in three rakes of the train and extended to other trains depending on the success of the project.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 6.30 crore, and the railways have awarded the contract for the equipment and their installation. The officials said browsing of the Net would be through a satellite-based system using Wi-Fi for the distribution of Internet bandwidth.