The Telangana government in partnership with the telecom service provider Airtel has begun free Wi-Fi facility in 17 locations
spreading 8 km in Hyderabad on a pilot basis for 3 months to be xtended to the entire city by the year end.
Now Hyderabad joins global cities like Seoul, Los Angels, San Jose, more than 50 cities in the US and another 100 in Europe and elsewhere. According to a 2010 survey, free Wi-Fi helped cities grow their GDP by 0.3% and businesses in the localities almost doubled their enquiry leads due to the Wi-Fi provided freely in the area.
Hyderabad’s pilot project enables telecommuters in the stretch to log on to the Airtel network and get a one-time password to access the network, which will be at the speed of 750 mbps per day per user and initially 40,000 telecommuters can avail of it at a time.
Inaugurating the facility, Telangana IT Minister K. Taraka Rama Rao said the KCR government would cover the whole 700 sq km area of Hyderabad soon to make Hyderabad a ‘global smart city’ on the lines of many global cities like seoul or more than 50 cities in the US.
The free Internet service will be available for telecommuters from Cyber Towers to Madhapur Police Station, Cyber Towers to Kothaguda Junction and Cyber Towers to Raheja Mindspace Circle.To access the free Wi-Fi at the hot spot, users of any mobile number can switch on Wi-Fi in their smartphones, tablets or laptop devices. They will get a one-time password (OTP) and once the auhentication process is completed, they can start browsing.
KT Rama Rao said, “Enabling public access to Wi-Fi technology across the city… is to promote greater digital inclusion for the citizens of Hyderabad.”
Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, CEO, Bharti Airtel- Andhra Pradesh and Telangana said, “Today internet is a critical tool for various day-to-day needs especially in the field of healthcare, banking, education etc., and it is thus imperative to enable more citizens in the country to access internet and easily experience these capabilities.”
In April 2013, Indian Railways had rolled out free Wi-Fi services on New Delhi- Howrah Rajdhani Express. Bangalore introduced it in January 2014 at 5 places including MG Road, Brigade Road, Airport among others. Notable places where free Wi-Fi services are being offered include the New Delhi railway station, Bangalore Metro, Khan Market and Connaught Place.