Government owned MTNL seems to be the next on the list of companies announcing public WiFi initiatives. The company plans to launch WiFi hotspots at 8Mbps speed in Mumbai and Delhi for its customers, reports Economic Times.
The report also states that the company will be tying up indoor locations with malls, food courts and coffee shops to provide unlimited WiFi service to its customers. MTNL has partnered with C-bot to provide this Wi-Fi service.
Speaking to the publication, Peeyush Agarwal, MTNL Executive Director said that a line-bounding modem would be required to use this service. Customers will be able to access the service by registering themselves at these locations and logging into the service using their login Id and password.
A fee of Rs 50 -100 will be charged in addition to the monthly rental charges, for customers who are already using MTNL’s WiFi service on their mobile phones. MTNL has also tied up with Mumbai airport’s new T2 terminal to provide WiFi service and is in talks with the other airports in the city.
Other companies that had recently announced the launch of WiFi services include Vodafone, Videocon and Air India. Telecom service provider, Vodafone had introduced a WiFi zone for its customers at the Belvedere Rapid Metro Station in Gurgaon, as a part of its branding exercise at the Rapid Metro Station in Gurgaon.
Telecom operator, Videocon Telecom had partnered with Chinese telecom equipment vendor Huawei to launch Wi-Fi hotspots in Punjab circle. State-owned Air India had approached French Multinational Thales to help set up WiFi service on its domestic and international flights.
Karnataka government had also launched free WiFi hotspots called Namma WiFi on M G Road, Brigade Road and four other locations in Bangalore including Traffic and Transmit Management Centres (TTMCs) at Shanthinagar, Yeshwanthpur, Koramangala and CMH Road in Indiranagar.
Last year, Tata DOCOMO had an exclusive agreement with GMR Airports to offer Wi-Fi services at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi and Tikona had launched a Wi-Fi network at the Maharana Pratap Inter-State bus terminus (ISBT) in partnership with the Delhi Transport Corporation.