Tata Docomo has tied-up with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to launch public Wi-Fi service in the Connaught Place area in Delhi. Wi-Fi service will be accessible at both the inner and outer circles of the CP area. To use the Wi-Fi service, users will first need to authenticate with a valid mobile number. They will be provided with a one-time password (OTP) to login and use the service free for up to 20 minutes. To extend the time of Wi-Fi access, users need to recharge using recharge cards available online or at Tata Docomo retail outlets. Recharge cards cost Rs 50 for 180 minutes, Rs 20 for 60 minutes, and Rs 10 for 30 minutes of Wi-Fi access. However, it's not clear what the speed of the Wi-Fi connection will be. Earlier this year, Tata Teleservices had revealed plans of setting up 4,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in nine cities across India over the next two years. The company started setting up Wi-Fi hotspots at airports, restaurants, cafes and other businesses last year, including Wi-Fi hotspots in Delhi and Hyderabad airports and Starbucks outlets across India (a JV between Starbucks Coffee Company & Tata Global Beverages). Other public Wi-Fi initiatives - Last week, Public Wi-Fi service provider Ozone Networks had signed an agreement with Ericsson to provide a neutral Wi-Fi network across India. In the first stage of this project, Ozone will get 30,000 Wi-Fi access points, network management nodes and tools, along with various monetization options for the network,…
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