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Material on demand service in trains starting this month: Official

The service will run on 8,731 trains including 5,723 suburban trains and over 5,952 Wi-Fi-enabled stations.

A senior official of Railway PSU RailTel said that the much awaited Material On Demand (COD) service in trains will be launched this month.

The service includes infotainment in trains by providing preloaded multilingual content which will include movies, news, music videos and general entertainment.

The rail server will be placed inside the compartments.

Passengers will be able to enjoy high-quality buffer-free streaming in personal devices and content will be periodically refreshed.

The service will run on 8,731 trains including 5,723 suburban trains and over 5,952 Wi-Fi-enabled stations.

Pilot implementation in a and an AC suburban rake in Western Railway is in the final stages of completion and testing.

The revenue share of Railways and RailTel is 50:50 with PSUs expecting annual revenue of at least ₹ 60 crore from the initiative.

RailTel has rode in Margo Networks, a subsidiary of Zee Entertainment, to provide COD service in trains and railway stations.

The project will be implemented in two years and the material will be made available in both paid and unpaid forms for a 10-year contract period including the first two years of implementation.

For the purpose of generating more non-fare revenue, the Railway Board has tasked RailTel to provide COD service to passengers in trains.

Mr. Chawla said, “Content on demand will be available from this month and it will not only improve the passenger experience, but also increase non-fare revenue through multiple monetization models.”

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