Free Wi-Fi for selected cities in India


Following PM Narendra Modi’s smart city vision, Tata Teleservices Limited, in association with the New Delhi Municipal Council announced on Friday, launching public Wi-Fi access at Connaught Place, New Delhi on Nov 16.

The Wi-Fi access-point will cover more than 4.5 sq. Km of radius around the router. In addition to it, Tata Docomo said that it is one of the most complex installations in the recent of the company. The Wi-Fi deployment is supported by the compa  ny’s wholly-owned national fibre backbone.

The company’s spokesperson said that Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung will launch the service in the central park of Connaught Place at 3.30 PM (GMT+5:30).

Previously, the project was supposed to be unveiled in July, but it got delayed due to some logistical and technical issues. Some security agencies in Connaught Place had raised objections that the transmission for the Wi-Fi services can interfere with their network.

Moreover, analysts suggested that the company delivers support services, security and a range of revenue models and VAS (Value Added Services) for these Wi-Fi zones. The launch is in the synchronization with the emerging trends of data consumption.

Earlier this year, Khan Market was the first public space in the city to get Wi-Fi access officially, it was also powered by Tata Docomo. The users have to submit their email ID and mobile number to avail the facility. A one-time password (OTP) will be received after the submission, to access the Internet. After the expiration of free usage time, user will have to look forward to a recharge using a scratch cards that will be available at various shops in the area.

According to some other statements from the company, the process for establishing free Wi-Fi in select cities has already started, and soon will be in effect after few months.

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