Rail budget gives a push to Wi-Fi enabled stations; TEMA welcomes move

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Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association of India (TEMA) has given thumbs up to the government’s announcement of developing 100 Wi-Fi enabled railway stations this year as part of the Rail Budget.

TEMA said: “The domestic telecom industry welcomes the development of enabling 100 new railways stations with Wi-Fi services. This is a positive development in line with the government’s Digital India initiative to bring more internet users online. This would serve to be a great opportunity for the government to encourage domestic Wi-Fi equipment manufacturers to participate in the project and provide level playing field to the domestic players in line with the Make in India campaign.”

“The domestic telecom industry would look forward to more such positive developments in the future and also appreciates the government’s efforts to urbanize the Indian Railways infrastructure,” it further added.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today presented the railway budget for 2016-17 in Lok Sabha and refrained from raising passenger fares and freight rates.

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He said that these are challenging times, toughest time; facing dual headwinds and the core objective of the railways is to become engine of economic growth, create employment and provide customer service.

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