Delhi Metro launches free WiFi services within trains on the Airport Express line

NEW DELHI: Passengers traveling in Delhi can now access the Internet using free high-speed WiFi inside the train cars when they launched services on Thursday, the first such facility in any country in the South Asian region.

The most elegant line of 22.7 km in it has six stations and eight trains cross this corridor, authorities said.

The installation of WiFi inside the train cars on the airport line was launched by the head of the DMRC on a running train on the express corridor connecting the stations of Sector 21 in New Delhi and Dwarka.

This is the first time in India that WiFi installation is provided in underground underground trains. India has become the fourth country in the world to have this, since currently the underground train WiFi installation is available in Russia, South Korea and China, the executive director of Corporate Communications, DMRC, Anuj Dayal told reporters after of the launch.

According to the DMRC, this is also the first time that a WiFi installation is provided on underground subway trains in the South Asia region.

Some metropolitan cities that offer worldwide WiFi connectivity on underground trains are Moscow and St. Petersburg (Russia), Seoul (South Korea) and Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Shanghai (China), said the DMRC.

Airport Express Line passengers will now be able to enjoy all the standard Internet applications such as email, Facebook, YouTube, Google search, WhatsApp, video and audio calls, and more while traveling inside a train.

The plan is also to extend services to other brokers (Line 1-6): Red Line, Yellow Line, Blue Line, Green Line and Violet Line, Dayal said.

The timeline for the expansion of the facility to six other corridors (Lines 1-6) is approximately one year. Depending on the performance, we will see how it can be extended to Lines 7, 8 and 9 - Pink Line, Magenta Line, Gray Line, he said.

To access the high-speed Internet installation, a passenger must log in to the 'METROWIFI_FREE' network. After that, he or she will need to enter the phone number and an OTP (unique password) will be sent to the mobile phone number. Once the login is successful, the traveler can enjoy the free Wi-Fi service throughout the trip.

According to the DMRC, a one-way trip in the elegant corridor takes 24 minutes and about 60,000 people use the line daily.

The Airport Express line has six stations: New Delhi, Shivaji Stadium, Dhaula Kuan, Delhi Aerocity, IGI Airport and Dwarka Sector 21.

This Wi-Fi project was implemented by a consortium of Maxima Digital Pvt Ltd (a partner of Maxima Telecom of Russia), Technosat India Pvt Ltd and Sifi Technologie, said the DMRC.

To provide a perfect WiFi experience on the Express line of the airport, the consortium has established a dedicated 24 km fiber network, 7 km of power cable with 44 base stations (post and frame type) and other active components throughout the entire length of the line to ensure that trains never lose Wi-Fi connectivity, Dayal said.

Each train (driver's car) is equipped with radios to connect to the ground network (TSN) and each coach on the train has wireless access points for passengers to connect, authorities said.

Three hours of work per day were carried out for the project, beyond the operational hours of the airport's Express line, Dayal said.

WiFi facilities are already available on the Airport Express Line and Blue Line platforms, which began in October 2016 and 2017, respectively, authorities said.

According to a senior official of Maxima Telecom, the installation of WiFi within the Moscow metro trains was launched in 2015.

Russia was the first to launch such an installation. But in the Delhi subway, WiFi services would be much better, the official said.