RailYatri, the service which provides comprehensive information on trains, passenger amenities at stations, platform information, the speed of the train, and much more says Airtel has the widest network coverage on a train route. The company recently updated their mobile app with a new feature which displays the mobile network coverage for any train.
With this, travellers can check and compare the mobile network coverage across various routes. This feature also comes in handy for long distance journeys as passengers can stay connected with families when the signal strength is good.
According to the RailYatri app, Airtel has extensive network coverage across the country. Also, the primary connection between metros Delhi- Howrah (Kolkata) route scores the highest at 88 percent network coverage. In contrast, the Mumbai- Bangalore route has only 58 percent coverage.
The Bangalore-New Delhi route has a network coverage of 61 percent with Airtel dominating the space with 38 percent coverage, followed by Vodafone and BSNL at 26 percent and 24 percent respectively. In the Mumbai-New Delhi route, the network coverage was 74 percent with Airtel in the lead again.
“An Indian on an average uses 4-5 apps during long train journeys. Internet connectivity along the rail routes has thus become essential to ensure a pleasant experience for today’s travellers. With the Network Coverage feature, passengers now know what to expect along with their train route. Armed with this information, they can make their calls or take decisions like downloading a movie or book for later consumption,” comments Manish Rathi, CEO, and co-founder, RailYatri.in
He also said, “While stations are getting a high-speed WiFi connection, the RailYatri data showed fluctuating mobile connectivity on long train routes. While at some ways the network connectivity ranges as high as 70-88%, at other places they could go as low as 20%, depending on the network providers available on that route. The RailYatri data also captures the coverage by individual provider between stations. This awareness is empowering the train traveller to make right choices at the right time.”
You can check the network coverage of your desired route by heading over to the RailYatri application and clicking on the timetable of any train.
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