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India Becomes 1st South Asian Country to Offer Free WiFi on Metro Trains

New Delhi (Sputnik): The mass urban transport system in Indian national capital, Delhi Metro is the first major metro system in the country. It covers over 325 kilometres in New Delhi and its satellite towns carrying nearly 2.8 million commuters every day.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Thursday launched free high-speed WiFi facilities on one of its most fancy metro sections – the Airport Express linking New Delhi’s swanky commercial centre with the international airport.

The technology for the project was provided by a Russian company called MaximaTelecom, the creator and operator of Europe’s largest public transportation WiFi networks.

“We have laid down 24 km-long fibre with 44 base stations and other active equipment to ensure that at no point in time, internet connectivity is lost. All trains on this route will have radios to connect to designated networks and each compartment will have a wireless network access point for passengers to sign on to", said Farhad Rustamov of Maxima Digital, the Indian partner of the Russian company.

DMRC announced the launch of the facility with a very active and informative Twitter post.

​Travellers of this section of the Delhi Metro would be able to access internet service on its trains by logging into the network named “METROWIFI_FREE”.

​With this, India has become the first country in South Asia to offer free WiFi facilities on moving metro trains. Currently, DMRC provides free WiFi facilities at many of its major stations.

The first section of Delhi’s Metro was launched in 2002 by then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. Today, Delhi Metro has secured itself a spot in the golden club comprising metro facilities in London, Shanghai, Beijing, and New York that run across a distance of over 186.4 miles (300 kilometres). 

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