According to the report, Wi-Fi hotspots are being set up in some key areas in Punjab. Besides Huwaei, Videocon is also in talks with two more companies including an Israeli company to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in other circles outside Punjab. Speaking to the publication, Arvind Bali, Director and CEO of Videocon Telecom said that once customers enter any hotspot, their handsets will automatically recognize and connect to the Wi-Fi network.
Wi-Fi hotspots could become an interesting trend if more telecom companies introduce them for customers. This could also reduce the load on the telecom infrastructure in the country. Presently, customers tend to face connectivity issues in crowded parts of cities like Delhi.
In March 2013, Idea Cellular had soft launched its WiFi service in 5 select cities – Ahmedabad, Cochin, Pune, Hyderabad, and Vishakhapatnam. At the time of the launch, the company had launched both, prepay and postpay plans, and claimed to provide up to 2MBPS of broadband speed.
In February 2011, Aircel had rolled out WiFi Hotspots. The company then claimed to have 50,000 WiFi Zones across India, and was offering a free Wifi trial until the 20th of Feb 2011, following which it planned to charge only Rs. 15 per hour (for 30 MB), and speeds of 512 kbps.