Bangalore Treated to Free Wi-Fi for Users

Here's a treat for all you internet geeks out there in Bangalore. According to reports, the Karnataka government has started offering free Wi-Fi to citizens in the city to remain connected with their friends and family, apart from the freedom to browse the web at any given time.

The facility - called Namma Wi-Fi - tagged as the first of its kind in the country, will look to allow the public to use different devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops and others that can be connected to internet when they are in and around MG Road and Brigade Road or even at Shantinagar or Yeshwantpur bus terminals, apart from offering the service in Indiranagar as well, which is located in the city's eastern suburb.

Bangalore Treated to Free Wi-Fi for Users

"The facility is a first step to make Bangalore a smart and connected city," internet and Wi-Fi service provider D-VoiS Broadband Ltd managing director Ramesh Satya told IANS.

Started as an initiative via the state IT department and the state government's ICT (information and communications technologies) group, the new free internet facility is currently aiming at extending to up to 10 other hotspots across the city later in 2014.

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As far as the service itself is concerned, the user will need to have an authentication password, which will be sent to his or her mobile number after the user is done registering on the network.

"When a mobile user is present in any of the five hotspots, he will be able to connect by configuring his device to our ION service and access internet after registering and getting the password," Mr. Satya stated.

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"With a speed of up to 512 Kbps (kilo bytes per second), a user will have connectivity within the coverage area. Usage, however, will be limited to three hours a day or up to 50 MB data," he further clarified.

The new service is expected to assist thousands of users looking to visit any of the five chosen internet hotspots.

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