RailWire broadband creating a niche in extremely competitive markets — Puneet Chawla, CMD, RailTel



The Indian telecom sector is the second largest in the world and witnessed an exponential growth last year.

According to the latest report by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), total wireline broadband subscriber base as on 31st August, 2021 stood at 24.29 million as compared to 21.70 million subscribers on 31 March, 2019. Total wireless broadband subscribers as on 31st August 2021 is reported to be 789.18 million.


The gap is glaring and leaves a huge scope for wired broadband internet service like RailWire to grow. “The passing year has presented an enormous opportunity to all players in the wired broadband market to expand. While the opportunity is as real for RailWire, we are in an extremely competitive market. Discounted tariffs, newer technology, and aggressive marketing strategies is what RailWire is up against. However, there’s enough for all the players to have a piece of the pie,” says Puneet Chawla, CMD, RailTel for over two years now.


“RailTel’s RailWire is creating a niche by taking high-speed broadband internet to the remotest parts of the country and tapping entrepreneurial potential at grassroots level. Not many telecom companies can boast of this sort of commitment towards the growth of rural India,” Chawla emphasises.



Puneet Chawla is confident the existing mix of public and private sector patrons of RailTel will continue fueling RailWire - its’s high-speed Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband internet service in partnership with 6000+ communities in India.


“We have added 2,45,049 subscribers and 2,711 ANPs since mid last year. As on 21st October 2021, RailWire’s total subscriber base was 4,17,132 and the number of access network providers (ANPs) stood at 6,274,” he adds.


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