It’s worth noting that You Broadband previously offered similar services on the metro stations along the Delhi Metro Airport Express route which was previously operated by Reliance Infrastructure. A MMOPL spokesperson told The Times Of India they also plan to roll out this service in trains by the end of this month (P.s. We hope that the routers are waterproof).
The spokeperson said the service will offer free internet connectivity for the first 15 minutes every day as an introductory offer. After 15 minutes, commuters can purchase Wi-Fi coupons for Rs 100 which will allow them to use the service for the next three hours (180 minutes). These coupons are expected to be available at customer care centres at all Metro stations.
The spokesperson also noted that the offer is valid for the first 5,000 buyers only. It’s not clear whether MMOPL plans to hike up the rates for this service post the offer period. Interestingly, the spokesperson claimed that over 1,000 commuters had already used wi-fi services by Thursday evening.
Accessing the service: The process to access the network also seems quite cumbersome: commuters have to select the wi-fi network named “Wi-Fi @ Mum Metro by Youbroadband”, register themselves with requisite details like names and phone numbers on the You Broadband landing page that pops up and then send an SMS to an “authorized number” provided on the site to authenticate themselves.
Other Public WiFi Initiatives
Over the past few months, India has been a series of public WiFi developments, probably to address the existing poor public WiFi scenario and the growing mobile Internet consumption in the country. Earlier this year, Vodafone had started piloting WiFi hotspots in several metros including Mumbai for its subscribers. It had also introduced a free 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.
Reliance Industries’ data services venture Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) had launched free Wi-Fi hotspots in eight locations at Ahmedabad and nine locations at Baroda and Surat. Tata Teleservices is also looking to shift its focus to public WiFi hotspots, by setting up 4,000 WiFi hotspots in nine cities across India over the next two years.
Government owned MTNL had also stated plans to launch WiFi hotspots with speeds of 8Mbps for its customers in Mumbai and Delhi, while Tikona had stated plans to launch a Wi-Fi network at the Maharana Pratap Inter-State bus terminus (ISBT) in partnership with the Delhi Transport Corporation.