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Railtel Corporation of India Annual Report 2023 Summary

Updated: Oct 7, 2023

  • RailTel Corporation of India Ltd, a prominent "Mini Ratna (Category-I)" Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE), was established in the year 2000 as a 'Schedule A' CPSE under the Ministry of Railways, aligning with the National Telecom Policy of 1999 (NTP '99). The corporation has successfully established a seamless Right of Way (ROW) along a substantial 67,956 kilometers of railway track, encompassing 7325 stations across India.

  • This extensive network positions RailTel as one of the largest neutral telecom infrastructure providers in the country, owning a comprehensive Pan-India optic fiber network to potentially serve about 70% of the Indian population.

  • It's ambitious project involves the creation of a high-speed Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) Backbone Network that aims to cover the entire railway network across the nation. A notable feature of this project is the establishment of Points of Presence at every railway station en route, which are strategically spaced at intervals of 8-10 kilometers.

  • RailTel takes immense pride in being the only consistently profitable and dividend-paying company in the telecom sector under the Government of India.

  • The corporation is on a continuous growth trajectory, both technically and financially, gearing up to meet the present and future telecom and IT requirements of the Indian Railways, as well as catering to the needs of all government and private sectors.

  • The Company boasts a Pan India Telecom Network with the remarkable capability of service delivery ranging from 2 Mbps to a staggering 800 Gbps links.This network incorporates various cutting-edge technologies such as NGN, SDH, PTN, DWDM, and IP-MPLS. The network hosts over 11000 Backbone & Access Points of Presence (PoPs), equipped with state-of-the-art technology adhering to International Telecom Standards.

  • In terms of financial performance, RailTel has demonstrated consistent growth over the past five years. The total income has escalated from 1,038 crores in the financial year 2019 to a significant 1,964 crores in the financial year 2023, showcasing a robust financial trajectory.

  • It has introduced several new services to maintain its market relevance and increase revenues. These initiatives include:

    1. Hospital Management Information System (HMIS): An integrated system deployed over the cloud to streamline hospital administration and patient healthcare.

    2. Security Operation Centre (SoC): Established at Gurugram, this centre offers centralized cyber security solutions, including endpoint detection and response, network traffic analysis, and vulnerability assessment tools, to protect data from cyber threats.

    3. Railway Station Wi-Fi Services: RailTel has transformed railway stations into digital hubs by offering public Wi-Fi at over 6108 stations, accessed by nearly 2 million unique logins daily.

    4. Wi-Fi Monetization: In collaboration with private players, RailTel has developed a mobile app to monetize the world's largest Wi-Fi ecosystem, offering services like e-ticketing, travel reservations, and infotainment.

    5. Video Surveillance System (VSS): RailTel is implementing an IP camera-based surveillance system at 5102 railway stations to enhance passenger safety and security.

    6. NIC e-office application: RailTel has implemented the NIC e-Office system across 236 units of Indian Railways, facilitating efficient and transparent inter-government transactions and processes.

  • RailTel invested Rs. 5.37 Cr in R&D and innovative initiatives during the fiscal year 2022-23. These efforts include enhancing automation in CNoC operations, unified IP & DWDM management, operational network map development, and cyber security enhancements through the SoC services portal. RailTel also utilized Ansible for automated tasks and developed a server farm record-keeping portal.

  • The company also generated ₹569 Cr in revenue from NLD services, offering high-capacity services to government departments, enterprises, and banks, earned ₹215 Cr from IP-1 services, monetizing its tower infrastructure through dark fiber leasing and managed services and ₹318 Cr from ISP services, adding 52000 new subscribers to its RailWire broadband service.

  • RailTel aims to expand its service portfolio to include value-added capabilities in areas like data centre-centric services, LTE, IoT, and AI/ML-powered applications. The company plans to enhance its network, upgrade to a high-capacity network, and develop new products and services. RailTel is also exploring international business opportunities, particularly in ICT and railway infrastructure.

  • RailTel has been actively involved in the BharatNet project, laying over 27000 Km of optical fiber cable and connecting 8107 Gram Panchayats to provide broadband connectivity in various regions, including Gujarat and the North Eastern states.



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