Vodafone India and infrastructure provider GMR have tied up to deploy WiFi services at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in New Delhi. The service will be available at both the domestic and international terminals. Vodafone prepaid customers will get free 1GB of data at airports every time they make a 4G recharges of 1GB, 2GB or 3GB.
Users can also connect to WiFi hotspots via ‘My Vodafone’ app, whereas tablets and laptops can directly select ‘VodafoneWiFi’ network from the list of available networks and login by generating an OTP. It is not clear whether non-Vodafone users can access the WiFi service, and if there are other recharge options available. MediaNama has written to Vodafone for a clarification; we will update the story once we hear from them.
In September last year, Vodafone had partnered with Indian Railways to set up free WiFi zones at Ahmedabad’s railway station in Kalupur. This was available to non Vodafone users was well.
Bharti Airtel and Vodafone had earlier formed a joint venture called FireFly Networks to offer WiFi services in the country, which seemingly looked like a plan to take on Jio’s WiFi service in March 2015. Following this, Firefly deployed WiFi services at the Supreme Court premises a month later; and in April this year, it deployed WiFi at Delhi’s Karkardooma Court Complex. Firefly is also reportedly raising funds via FDI route.
Note that GMR had earlier tied up with TataDocomo for installing WiFi services at Delhi airport premises in 2013. Users had complimentary 45 minutes access to the service, after which had to pay for usage. Tata was offering various packages starting from Rs 50.
Recent public WiFi initiatives
–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.
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