Indian Railways Soon To Be Internet Savvy

Indian Railways is soon  going to write a new chapter in the history of railways, It is going to be internet enabled soon. A trial run was conducted in Mumbai – Ahmendabad Shatabadi express and the report is submitted for review to the railway ministry.  India railways is going a step ahead in user friendliness with making railways internet enabled and serve internet via satellites in WIFI enabled  trains enabling users to surf while traveling. They can get latest news, trade stocks, chat, mail  etc using internet while on travel.

Indian Railways rides internet

In the phase 1, Shatabadi, Rajdhani, Saloon cars and relief trains will be equipped with the transmission technology for internet connectivity it implies that Railway ministry is primarily targeting higher segment users for internet services . The proposal is also considering to have a LCD screen for every seat in 1st AC coach  of Shatabadi and for eatery seat in 1st and 2nd AC coach for Rajdhani this means a lot to the users as users don’t have to carry their internet enabled devices like laptop , palmtop etc and yet they can surf internet and use plethora of applications like email , chat , stock trading etc. It is yet not decided whether  internet connectivity will be provided for free or users have to pay for it. It will cost around 340 crore to complete this ambitious project.

For users it means a change in perspective as people can be productive even on travel, they can be in touch with family and friends even in places where cellular network is not there as Satellite network has a much better coverage. Users can benefit from better and customized services for eg various taxi fleet owners can bid based on users need and users can book them minutes before boarding off the train having them getting better rate etc.

India railways will also be benefited heavily with the introduction of the service and can generated revenue from many sources like internet connectivity, IPTV, IP telephony  (imagine a cheap STD corner in every coach with crystal clear voice connectivity unlike choppy mobile network) . Railways can also earn a good amount from advertisers which can provide better and customized advertisements.

This is for sure going to be a major milestone for Indian Railways as it will help it to be pictured as a technology friendly service and many people majorly students, small businessman  will actively see railway as a primary mode of transport as travel as users can still be connected while travelling which is not possible in India even during Air Travel and facility is also not available on most of the airports also.

6 Responses to “Indian Railways Soon To Be Internet Savvy”

  1. Poseur
    May 5, 2009 at 12:36 am #

    Wishful thinking. I don’t see this happening anytime soon. Never would it go beyond paper thanks to all the red tape. And even if it does, it will soon fail due to incompetence of those involved and their lack of planning.

  2. May 5, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    I agree to some point but as we are seeing privatization in the aviation sector ( mainly in building and maintenance) we may see it railways also and if it happens and revenue sharing model is adopted it will click for sure.

  3. Kartik Gupta
    May 5, 2009 at 10:04 am #

    Nice initiative by the railways. But I am a bit confused. While coming from Delhi to Bangalore (which was almost a 40 hr journey) the railway people kept on switching off the energy points saying that “People keep on charging their laptops”. If they dont want people to use and charge their laptops then what is the point of introducing internet :O

  4. Murali
    May 5, 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    Does anyone know which company did the proposal and POC for Indian Railways? Was it TATA?

  5. May 6, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    great thought. Let us wait fro implementation.
    Should also remember that Indian railways are the one of the most successful B2C service through e ticketing

  6. venka
    May 7, 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    Today all the informations about the train are very fast.One can easily book the train ticket,availablity check on online itself.Recently i visited the website the informations are fast to get .The fare check,availablity,seats,etc.

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