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Railway broadband to touch 500,000 homes in Digital India within 2 years

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Railway broadband reaches 500,000 households through its Railwire network. In the next two years the network is providing a host of services at the block level. Indian Railways is an Indian state-owned enterprise, owned and operated by the Government of India (GoI) through the Ministry of Railways.

Railway broadband to touch 500,000 homes in Digital India within 2 years

Key Points about Indian Railways

The Broadband Highway will involve a three-layer network

  1. State capitals to district headquarters
  2. District to sub-divisional and
  3. Gram panchayats

This three-layer network of the Broadband Highway will be joined to the National Optic Fiber Network (NOFN).

  • Railway has also starts to hit the local cable operators focusing on pure-play broadband and VPN services, content and application-driven network.
  • Railway seeks to cover 36,000 Gram Panchayats and the broadband services include emails, online newspapers, online passport application, tele-medicine, examination results and net surfing for students with a minimum 2Mbps speed in Eastern India alone,.
  • The Public Relations Council of India (PRCI) conducted a knowledge forum with the theme ‘Digital Now – What Next that is 10th in a series
  • India optic fiber network covers 4,400-plus railway stations across 44,300 km in Railway.
  • Railways were first introduced to India in the year 1853 fromMumbai to Thane
  • Indian Railways is the world’sseventh largest commercial or utility employer
  • Railways are providing a fully computerized system like online ticket booking, ticket cancel, reservations etc.


  • Indian Railway Minister– Suresh Prabhu
  • Headquarter– New Delhi