Vodafone India, the second largest mobile operator in the country, on Tuesday announced the launch of the first Wi-Fi enabled bus shelter in Gurgaon that will allow customers to enjoy free Wi-Fi for up to 20 minutes or for a maximum 100MB, per day.
The free WiFi hotspot that was deployed in Gurgaon at the HUDA City Centre near New Delhi, allows subscribers from any operator to enjoy the service without any restrictions. HUDA city centre witnesses a heavy influx of people during the entire day, which makes it a suitable choice for such a setup, said Vodafone in a statement.
Vodafone will be setting up few more Wi-Fi bus shelters in the future. Through this innovative offering Vodafone aims to develop seamless, technologically-backed, Wi-Fi networks that will help enhance data consumption among Smartphone users in the region.
Vodafone has also deployed free Wi-Fi hot spots across the country and has more than 110 Wifi hotspots across Delhi-NCR, which includes markets, malls, hospitals, colleges. It has introduced a bouquet of free Wi-Fi offers on its prepaid recharges as well as for its Postpaid RED customers so that consumers can draw benefits at these Wi-Fi locations.
Alok Verma Business Head, Vodafone Delhi-NCR said, “Vodafone is committed to contributing towards making entire Gurugram a Smart City. We are very happy to enable citizens across the city to experience world-class Internet services on the go. The Wi-Fi Initiative is a step towards “Digital India” and creating networked and connected societies that will help citizens get on the digital highways and stay connected for Good. With customer needs evolving from voice to data, Wi-Fi is an effective technology to provide seamless connectivity to a large group of consumers in a defined space."
In a separate news, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has announced plans to set up public WiFi hotspots across the country, through public data offices, or PDOs with the aims to provide low-cost wireless Internet access. The regulatory body has issued a draft design and sought participation from companies, app providers and hardware/software providers to become PDOs for the project.