RailWire leading the way in semi-urban and rural India to help build an inclusive knowledge economy.

Updated: Jul 20


Puneet Chawla, RailTel CMD
Helping Build an Inclusive Knowledge Economy in India

The pandemic year of 2020-21 changed education forever and as a response to the significant demand in online education, RailWire, RailTel’s high-speed Fiber to the Home (FTTH) broadband internet service in partnership with 5000+ communities in India, recently proposed ‘smart classes’ for rural schools run by Government.


“Education system in rural India is more complex that the urban cities and requires more attention. With the schools shut for more than a year, we have pitched a ‘smart classes’ proposal to the Ministry of Education to impact around 3.5 lakh students who are enrolled in schools run by the Central government predominantly for meritorious students in rural India,” shared Puneet Chawla, CMD, RailTel, a min-ratna PSU under Ministry of Railways.


“To enable rural India’s transition into an e-learning education system, it requires large investments in infrastructure of optical-fiber cables and towers for uninterrupted transmission of online classes. RailWire’s Optical Fiber cable network running along railway tracks allow us provide connectivity to the remotest parts of the country,” adds Puneet Chawla.


In a globally emerging knowledge-based economy, our ability in creating digital infrastructure that helps in transfer of knowledge and data inclusively to a larger percentage of our population is critical - Puneet Chawla, CMD RailTel

Chawla added, “We are identifying areas least served and continuously trying to penetrate these areas by overcoming associated challenges through smart and innovative business modelling, north-east of India being the latest entrant in our expansion plans.”