Exactly how important is Internet in everyday life? Well, you won't have to travel far and wide to get an answer to that. It's actually as important as your very being. And from an Indian point of view, nothing is as welcoming as the slightest signal of free Internet.
Nothing in life is free actually. However, the open wi-fi initiative that was recently taken up by the government to offer Internet in areas that see a lot of activity, has been welcomed with open arms by one and all.
For the record, Bangalore became the first city in India to have free wi-fi hotspots. The project, that was launched at the iconic MG Road in central Bangalore, now allows a person to browse upto three hours a day and download upto 50 MB of data.
And in case you don't know much about hotspots and how they work, hotspots are sites that basically employ Wi-Fi technology, providing internet access over a wireless local area network.
Routers are connected via a link to an internet service provider. You can find hotspots at airports, train stations, restaurants, coffee shops and other public establishments.
But while all that sounds technical, the important thing for you is to get free wi-fi. And if that is so, then you will be happy to know that apart from Bangalore there are other cities that also have the facility. We take a look at the 5 best among them.
New Delhi: Khan Market
New Delhi Municipal Council's Wi-Fi project recently took off with Khan Market becoming the first area where the visitors can make use of the wi-fi facility. The facility is also set to go live soon in Connaught Place too. Apparently, visitors can avail the facility by filling in details such as e-mail ID and mobile number. After that, a one-time password (OTP) will be received to connect to the Internet.
Pune, Maharahstra: Pune Airport
Among the newly introduced circles, and still waiting to go live, the wi-fi offering at the Pune airport is something locals we embrace with open arms. As per plans, the wi-fi connection will be free for the first 30 minutes, after which passengers will have to pay for the service depending on their usage.
Banglore: MG Road
As expected from the IT capital of the country, Bangalore actually became the first city in India to offer free wi-fi to users. The project, that was launched at the iconic MG Road in central Bangalore, now allows a person to browse upto three hours a day and download upto 50 MB of data.
Mumbai: Kalwa, Mumbra Railway Stations
Minister Jitendra Awhad had announced back in July that commuters could use the free wi-fi facility in Kalwa and Mumbra railway stations. He said this was part of his plans to ensure better services to the stations that were often neglected by the railways and the civic body.
Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Airport
Back in July, it was reported that travellers at the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport could soon look forward to Wi-Fi facility and an SMS facility to know the status of flights. It was also revealed that the Wi-Fi facility would be made available both at the newly built international terminal and the domestic terminal.