Bharti Airtel launches WiFi in Hyderabad on pilot basis

Bharti Airtel launches WiFi in Hyderabad on pilot basis
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Airtel has partnered with the government to launch the first public Wifi in the state. Currently, the pilot project is underway at 17 tested hotspot locations in Hyderabad that allow users to access internet up to 750 Mb per day across operators.

Users would be able to latch on to the public WiFi post authentication of an OTP and use internet services of up to 750 Mb per day

Airtel has partnered with the government to launch the first public Wifi in the state. Currently, the pilot project is underway at 17 tested hotspot locations in Hyderabad that allow users to access internet up to 750 Mb per day across operators.

Citizens with an Indian mobile number can access the public Wi-Fi at 17 locations by turning on WiFi in their WiFi enabled device. On selecting the public WiFi, a One-Time Password (OTP) would be sent to their mobile number. Each user can then latch on to the WiFi post authentication of the password and use internet services of up to 750 Mb per day

“The initiative is part of the state government's broader agenda of allowing citizens to experience a host of web opportunities, making Hyderabad a leading digital city,” the telecom said in a statement on Friday. It added that smartphones, tablets and other WiFi-enabled devices would be able to connect to data across these 17 locations.

To begin with, these public Wi-Fi hotspots have been set up between Cyber Towers to Madhapur Police Station, Cyber Towers to Kothaguda Junction and Cyber Towers to Raheja Mindspace Circle. On an average around 40,000 commuters, commercial establishments and visitors can benefit from this service.

"Enabling public access to superior WiFi technology across the city is at the heart of the Telangana government's efforts to promote greater digital inclusion for the citizens of the city, therefore making it a global smart city," said Telangana's IT minister KT Rama Rao.

“The service allows consumers to access the public WiFi at all the 17 locations by switching on their WiFi enabled devices. On selecting the public WiFi, a One-Time Password (OTP) would be sent to their mobile number,” the company added.

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 and education and it is thus imperative to enable citizens in the country to access internet."

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