Delhi metro’s Airport Express line gets free WiFi with speeds up to 50 Mbps starting today, while the Blue Line stretch between Noida/Vaishali and Dwarka is slated get WiFi service in the coming days, reports PTI. The WiFi service was announced in April through a partnership between Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRCL), and network providers including Techno Sat Comm and PING Network. The service aims to cover all stations including 222 trains, 187 stations by second half of 2017, added the report.
Commuters will need to download a mobile app to access the free service and connect to “Oui DMRC Free Wifi” network. The app is designed to display location status, approach, and destination stations on a real-time basis and help navigate between different lines.
A spokesperson from PING Network told MediaNama during announcement that the WiFi service will have no limitation regarding data usage or connection duration. Once a user connects to the WiFi, he/she is free to use the network whenever needed at both trains and stations. There are no data charges at any point of time and users have an open internet access.
RailTel and DMRCL WiFi service
In January, the DMRCL had rolled out free WiFi services at Rajiv Chow and Kashmere gate metro stations through a partnership with RailTel. However, the service was limited to just 30 minutes per day for each user. Post 30 minutes of usage, a commuter had to pay for the service.
Recent free WiFi initiatives
–Vodafone and infrastructure provider GMR had tied up to deploy WiFi services at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in New Delhi in this month.
–This month, State owned telcos BSNL, MTNL and Ministry of Tourism partnered to deploy WiFi at 100 tourist destinations. In May, BSNL said it extended its WiFi internet facility across 1,227 location by installing 2,505 Wi-Fi hotspots.
-Last month, Google launched Google Station, a public WiFi platform which allows venues, companies, and locations to partner with it to provide high speed Internet.
–The Tamil Nadu government said last month that it will offer free WiFi facilities in public spaces and internet in schools.
-Public Wi-Fi provider Ozone Networks said last month that it would deploy Wi-Fi services at 225 Café Coffee Day outlets.
Read more on our coverage on public WiFi services here.