RailTel Corporation of India, a central government public sector enterprise under the Ministry of Railways, has achieved a milestone of 1 lakh Fiber To The Home (FTTH) broadband internet users in Tamil Nadu.
This RailTel service is branded “Railwire” with more than 50% of users in rural areas, a statement said.
During a partner interaction program held in Madurai and Kanchipuram on Sunday to mark the achievement, RailTel Chairman and Managing Director Puneet Chawla said RailTel is committed to leveraging its infrastructure to boost the top wired speed and entrepreneurship in rural India.
Bridging the gap
Broadband deployment in rural areas is a way to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban populations. Broadband connectivity in villages will be the main catalyst for socio-economic development in rural areas.
RailTel plays a major role in digital transformation. Currently, it has over 4.6 lakh Railwire subscribers in the country, of which about 50% are in the rural areas of the country.
The internet in the villages is also contributing to the establishment of common service centers through entrepreneurs at the village level, who will make available services such as finding air tickets (train, plane, bus) , Aadhar Card, Voter Card, Mobile Recharge, Electricity Bill Payment, PAN Pard, Income Tax Return, Bank and Insurance.
RailTel uses a model of working with local entrepreneurs and creating sustainable livelihoods. In fact, Railtel has played a pioneering role in the development of this type of collaborative model, the statement said.
March 02, 2022