Railtel Corporation has said that its broadband will reach 5,00,000 households through its railwire network at the block level in the next two years.
Speaking at a Global Communication Conclave, Pradeep Kumar, Executive Director (East), Railtel Corporation of India, said, “The Broadband Highway will involve a three-layer network – state capitals to district headquarters, district to sub-divisional and then to gram panchayats which will be joined to the National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN).”
He added, “Railwire network architecture provides the answer for ‘What Next’ as it will empower the people at village level with knowledge, skill development and core competencies. “This will lead to good governance and transparent, corruption-free governments.”
At present, Railtel’s pan-India optic fibre network covers more than 4,400 railway stations across 44,300 km.
Kumar also said, “Railwire has also begun to tap the local cable operators focussing on pure-play broadband and VPN services, content and application-driven network. “Our aim is to become a hub of local information and tool for rendering communication, infotainment, education, health and community services to the masses.”
In Eastern India, Railtel seeks to cover 36,000 gram panchayats and the broadband services, including emails, online newspapers, online passport application, tele-medicine, examination results and net surfing for students with a minimum 2Mbps speed.