Indian Railways is now all set to introduce WiFi across trains. Indian Railways has approved the extension of Operation Swarn to premium trains such as Rajdhani, Shatabdi Express and Duronto Express.
Under Operation Swarn, Delhi-Kathgodam Express was powered with WiFi hotspots, and proved to be very successful.
Once WiFi is enabled inside trains, passengers will be able to access pre-loaded content via their smartphones/tablets/laptops and make their journey entertaining.
As per a Railway Official, tenders will be soon floated.
The Railway Official spoke to Financial Express: “This project of installing WiFi hotspots in premium trains will roll out soon and tenders will be floated. All zonal railways will coordinate with the chosen vendors for the implementation which should begin this year itself,”
Reports suggests that Railways will install WiFi hotspots inside the trains, and passengers can directly connect with them.
Once connected, the passenger will be able to access pre-loaded content such as music, movies, games and more.
Now, we exactly don’t know who will decide which content will be put up, but based on available information, it is clear that the respective Zonal Railways will have a say in that.
The Railway official said, “So, passengers will be allowed to connect to the WiFi hotspots and stream from pre-loaded content. This would include movies, songs, serials, maybe even news etc depending on what each zonal railways decides on,”
A hybrid model is expected to be implemented, wherein the Railways is able to generate some revenues from the passenger, and from advertisements which are shown within the pre-loaded content.
Railways’ commercial department is right now working on a model which is feasible for both the Railways and passengers.
Indian Railways had launched the ultra-luxurious Tejas Express, which was empowered with LCD Screens, headphones etc.
However, within weeks, it was found that passengers have stolen LCD screens, and headphones, this proved to be a major embarrassment for the Railways………….Read More>>