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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Indian Railways is planning major up-gradation which includes passenger friendly services like WiFi, escalators and cash on delivery e-tickets Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha informed Lok Sabha today.

In a written reply to the House, the minister said that Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC), has launched a cash on delivery (CoD) service for e-tickets. Under this service a customer can book an e-ticket online and opt for Cash on Delivery service or can online payment.

The customer can book tickets up to five days prior to the journey on www.bookmytrain.com

He aslo told the house that WiFi facility has been installed in seven stations and will soon be extended to 407 ‘A1’ and ‘A’ stations across the country. The service will be free for users for the first 30 minutes and then will cost Rs.25 for 30 minutes and Rs.35 for 1 Hour and will be valid for 24 hours.

He said that the facility has been enabled at Bengaluru, New Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Agra Cantt., Varanasi and Secunderabad stations.

Keeping in view the comfort of travelers, Sinha said that escalators/elevators will be provided at ‘A1’ category and escalators at ‘A’ category, ‘C’ category and stations of tourist importance under desirable amenities based on techno commercial feasibility & availability of fund.

Indian Railways has already set up a total number of 244 escalators at 96 railway stations and 101 lifts at 44 railway stations so far.

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Nokia’s Factory in Chennai Starts Manufacturing of 5G Radio Equipment

According to Malik, the standardisation of 5G technology will be ready by the first quarter of the next year

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Nokia manufacturing unit in Chennai has started manufacturing 5G radio equipment called base stations, the company announced on Thursday.

One of the largest telecom equipment manufacturing plants in the country, the plant recently hit the 4 million unit annual production milestone of 2G, 3G and 4G units.

It serves both domestic as well as global customers, shipping to over 100 countries.

“Nokia was the first to leverage the skills and capabilities in India and start manufacturing telecom networks equipments in the country in 2008. We are now pioneering 5G manufacturing in the country, making India and the world ready for 5G.” said Sanjay Malik, Senior Vice President and Head of the India Market at Nokia.

Nokia’s Chennai factory produces a range of telecom equipment across technologies, and now will include 5G gear in its shipment as network deployments start.

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Public sector telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) this month signed a MoU with Nokia Solutions and Networks India Pvt Ltd for Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0 is the next level of automation in manufacturing where machines become smart, share data and includes Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing.

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Nokia Solutions has already started shipping out 5G ready telecom equipment out of its facility near here to the US, Asia Pacific, Europe and other places.

According to Malik, the standardisation of 5G technology will be ready by the first quarter of the next year. (IANS)