RailTel PM-WANI Scheme: RailTel Corporation joined hands with DoT’s ambitious PM-WANI program by launching the RailTel PM-WANI scheme on 9th May 2022. A Ministry of Railways-owned micro-Ratna PSU, RailTel focuses on providing broadband and VPN services. The PM-WANI Scheme by RailTel is based on leveraging its public Wi-Fi service. This scheme has been launched across 100 railway stations having 2384 hotspots under the WANI framework. Out of these 100 stations, 71 are category A1 railway stations. The remaining 29 are those of other categories.
Future of the PM-WANI Scheme
PM-WANI-based access to RailTel’s public Wi-Fi services would be extended to all 6102 Railway Stations where the RailTel Wi-Fi facility is already available. It is to be done in a phased manner by the end of June 2022 – a total of 1000 Stations by 10th June, 3000 Stations by 20th June, and all 6102 by 30th June’ 22.
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What is the PM-WANI Scheme by RailTel?
PM Wi-Fi Access Network Interface (PM-WANI) scheme is a flagship program ventured by the Department of Telecommunications. This scheme aims at proliferating broadband across the length and breadth of the country as an essential ingredient of Digital India. Under the WANI framework, it is envisaged that last-mile broadband connectivity, where the consumer accesses broadband services, will be through a network of public Wi-Fi access points. PM-WANI may prove to be a major driver of the Digital India dream manifested by the current regime in the coming years.
How to access the RailTel PM-WANI network?
To take advantage of the scheme and access the Wi-Fi network, one can use an android-based mobile app named Wi-DOT. The app is available on Google Play Store. This mobile application has been developed in close coordination with C-DOT (Centre for Development of Telematics). The aforementioned method of accessing Wi-Fi through a ‘mobile application’ would be in addition to the existing method of accessing Wi-Fi at these railway stations through the traditional way of selecting RailWire Service Set Identifier.
PM-WANI-based access will facilitate ease of use through one-time KYC to avoid OTP-based authentication.
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RailTel PM-WANI scheme can be termed as an appreciable effort to institutionalize internet and broadband services in India. The digital dream sought by those in power seems to align with RailTel’s vision. With the scheme on track, the Digital India train sure is going to reach its destination soon.
RailTel PM-WANI Scheme FAQs
PM-WANI stands for Prime Minister Wi-Fi Access Network Interface.
The scheme is a joint initiative of RailTel, a micro Ratna PSU under the Ministry of Railways, and PM-WANI, a program launched by the Department of Telecommunications.
The scheme has been launched across 100 railway stations having 2384 Wi-Fi hotspots.
RailTel PM-WANI network can be accessed at a WANI-enabled access point using an android-based mobile app named Wi-DOT available on the Google Play Store.
The scheme was launched on 9th May 2022.