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Government’s Digital India Initiative: Wi-Fi facility launched at 28 stations on Konkan Railway in Maharashtra

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Mumbai, May 21, 2017: In line with the government’s Digital India initiative, the Railway Ministry on Sunday launched free Wi-Fi facility at 28 stations on Konkan railway in Maharashtra.

Unlimited free Wi-Fi facility will be provided at 28 stations from Kolad to Madure in the initial phase, according to an official statement issued on Sunday.

The ministry said this facility will help travelling public, commuters and tourists on Indian Railways to access essential information and they could use their time productively while waiting for trains at railway stations.

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This initiative is a step towards making a smarter India, it added.

It has informed that the Joispot mobile application provides 2 megabits per second (mbps) speed wireless internet with unlimited uploads.

Indian Railways has tied up with Internet service providers Syscon and Joister for provision of this facility.

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The free Wi-Fi internet bandwidth is provided at the stations of Kolad, Mangaon, Veer, Karanjadi, Vinhere, Diwankhavati, Khed, Anjani, Chiplun, Kamthe, Sawarda, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar, Ukshi, Bhoke and Ratnagiri.

Other stations with availability of free internet under this initiative are Nivasar, Adavali, Vilavade, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Nandgaon Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap, Sawantwadi Road and Madure.

The system can provide access to about 300 users at bigger stations and about 100 users at smaller stations. (IANS)

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Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?