It has been said that people these days love Wi-Fi more than chocolates and alcohol, so if you are one of them then there's a good news for you.
Bharati Airtel, one of India's biggest telecom operator has announced the launch of complimentary Wi-Fi services for passengers hitching a ride on the metro luxury buses.
This service has been specifically put in motion at Hyderabad to support its "Global Smart City" initiative.
As such, 115 AC luxury buses will provide complimentary wireless internet service for a period of 6 months. The service will also enable customers to access the internet up to 20 minutes per day per user. In addition, once the free usage expires, customers can buy data packs starting at Rs. 25 which will give 100 MB of data.
Citizens with a valid Indian mobile number (irrespective of the network connection) travelling in any of these 115 buses can access the Wi-Fi through their Wi-Fi enabled devices.
Significantly, this service will enable easy digital access for the commuters and also allow them 24/7 connection to everything in the data world.
With great anticipation, Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, Chief Executive Officer of Bharti Airtel, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, communicated that Airtel was looking to constantly innovate and make investments that would help the company move closer to its vision of developing cities into Smart Global Cities.
Fundamentally, the launch of complimentary Wi-Fi services on-the-go will be a real step forward in modernizing the lifestyle of the citizens, whether business, education or pleasure.
He further added that their partnership with the Government of Telangana's TSRTC has been the largest in the country and is likely to swell the joy for travellers as it connects more citizens than ever before.
With stiff competition in the market, Airtel looks to step up its game. With this new service which will be making use of the 4G network. Airtel looks to deliver rich user experience with the best combination of speed and coverage.
As for connecting to the network, passengers need to provide their mobile number once they enter the bus. After the number is given, the Wi-fi network will send back a four digit one-time-password. Once you've entered the OTP, you will be granted access and now you can use the free internet.