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`We are keen on making Internet easily available to rail passengers'

Bangalore: Rail passengers can now stay connected while on the move. Tata Group company Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) has opened a cyber café at the Bangalore city railway station that provides user-friendly public Internet access points.

VSNL has clinched the franchisee rights for running of cyber café at 68 major railway stations across the country to implement a proposal outlined by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad in the 2006-07 Railway Budget.

The company, which pioneered Internet services in India, will now create user-friendly public Internet access points for customers at railway stations.

The unique feature of these cyber café will be that all Tata Indicom dial-up Internet and broadband subscribers can use this facility by using their existing accounts. Each of these cyber cafes will be equipped with 10-20 high-end multimedia PCs with flat panel monitors and will be open 24 hours. Travellers can now avail Internet browsing and gaming facilities at affordable rates. The company also plans to offer other value-added services like printing, scanning, mobile charging and CD writing through these café. Passengers can also use the cyber café for making onward bookings, checking their bank statements, tracking their investment portfolio and making ISD calls at affordable prices.

Tata Indicom will also create select areas at the railway station that are Wi Fi enabled, allowing passengers to experience the Internet on their laptop or Wi-Fi enabled PDAs at blazing speeds, thus meeting the growing needs of the people to be connected-anytime and anywhere.

The first such cyber café was inaugurated at the Bangalore railway station by Shashi Kalathil, president, Broadband and Retail Business, VSNL.

Promise

"This effort will enable VSNL implement the promise made in the Railway budget of setting up such cyber cafes across leading railway stations in the country. We are keen on making Internet easily available so that passengers can stay connected even while on the move," Kalathil said on the occasion.

VSNL plans to make all the 68 cyber cafés operational in the next few weeks.

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