Indian Railways ministry technical arm RailTel Corporation and the state-run telecom research and development organisation Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) have signed a pact to work together in the telecom space with a key focus on the modernization and expansion of communication networks across the country.
RailTel is a public sector unit and one of the largest neutral telecom infrastructure providers in India owning a Pan-India optic fiber network of 60,000 route kilometers on exclusive Right of Way (ROW) along the Railway track.
C-DoT is the premier research and development (R&D) centre of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) under the Ministry of Communications.
Both RailTel and C-DoT will focus on rationalizing the tech and equipment of communication networks across the country.
Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw handles both the Ministry of Railways as well as the Department of Telecommunications.
According to a PTI report, RailTel CMD Puneet Chawla said that the synergy between C-DOT and RailTel will help in providing affordable broadband services to the masses in the rural areas by lowering the cost of equipment since all this will be 'make in India' using C-DOT's home-grown technology.
The MoU has been signed with "the objective of working together in the diverse areas of telecom with a key focus on the modernisation and expansion of communication networks across the country", the RailTel statement said.
The partnership will focus on making the technology more modern and also reduce its cost. This will help the ISPs save a lot of money when they invest in infrastructure which in turn will mean affordable services for the end consumer.
RailTel is also in the process of rolling out services under the PM-WANI programme which aims to roll out wifi hotspots across the country.