The government has announced a pilot project of providing Internet connectivity (WiFi) on trains. As part of the pilot project, Internet facility using Wi-Fi is being planned in three rakes of Howrah Rajdhani Express only, as a pilot project.
It is a satellite based system using Wi-Fi for distribution of internet bandwidth in coaches and likely date for implementation of this system is September 25, 2012. The estimated implementation cost of the project is Rs. 6.30 crore.
Very recently, RailTel and Telibrahma launched BluFi services in the Bangalore city railway station, enabling passengers to receive a host of information, like videos, downloadable games, wallpapers, etc., and also information on the Railways by just switching on Bluetooth on their mobile phones.
Even in 2011, government made a similar announcement and a pilot was conducted along with UK’s Nomad Digital and Belgium’s 21Net, who have deployed satellite-based Internet for VIARail (Canada), Thalys (EU) and NTV (Italy).
In terms of functioning, passengers will have to make a requisition to the travelling ticket examiner to access the Internet. The examiner will send the requisition to the central hub and a password will be sent through SMS to the passenger’s mobile phone.