Users are consuming as much as 15 times the data they would otherwise use in a full day on their cellular networks. Last month, Google said that the free WiFi service was accessed by more than 1.5 mn users, while being at just 20% of the roll out schedule for this year.
This will take place across all stations including 222 trains, 187 stations through a partnership between Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and network providers including Techno Sat Comm and PING Network. The free WiFi service is expected to be rolled in the second half of this year; it will be extended to the metro station in NCR regions as well. The WiFi service will have no limitation regarding data usage or connection duration. There are no data charges at any point of time and users have an open internet access.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation will launch WiFi at 144 major bus stations across the state, reports Deccan Herald. This includes four bus stations in Bangalore currently undergoing the pilot survey, which will be extended to 14 bus stations in the city eventually. The transport agency mentions that a private company will set up the facilities for free, as it can earn revenues through advertising to make up for the cost of establishing the hotspot.
The hotspots can be accessed by Ortel’s subscribers through mobiles, tablets and laptops, and Ortel plans to expand this service to other markets soon. It seems that Ortel had this in mind since June last year since both Ortel and Airtel had expressed interest in providing WiFi the mobile-dense areas of Bhubaneswar. The project was estimated to cost Rs 100 crore, targeting completion by June 2016. The company said then it would offer free internet for 30 minutes every day for every user and take feedback before rolling out full-fledged WiFi services.
Internet service provider Joister has launched Joispot WiFi, a public WiFi initiative in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Pune, with speeds of upto 2Mbps. The company will also offer paid WiFi speeds of 4Mbps and 8Mbps for Rs 200 and Rs 300 respectively. Other than the decently fast 2Mbps free WiFi connection, the company also offers pretty reasonable paid plans: Rs 200 a month for 4Mbps and Rs 300 for 8Mbps with unlimited downloads are much cheaper than equivalent data packs offered by telecom networks.
BSE and telecom operator Tata Docomo have signed a partnership to offer free WiFi services. Free WiFi will be provided around the area of PJ Tower in Mumbai to public without charge for four hours in a day to start with. In November 2014, Tata Docomo tied up with NDMC to launch public Wi-Fi service in the Connaught Place area in Delhi. Tata Docomo says that it plans to set up WiFi hotspots in major cities across the country over the next two years.
It can send data at up to 1GBps, according to a report in The Telegraph UK. The technology, that uses light to beam information via air, was first discovered by Professor Harald Haas in 2011 of the University of Edinburgh. The report also said that the technology could be rolled out for people in another three to four years, according to Velmenni CEO Deepak Solanki. Professor Haas had talked about the idea on TED talks in 2011, which has seen 1.7 million views on YouTube.
From this session onwards, annual reports from the ministries, committee reports, private members’ bills, unstarred questions and bulletin will be uploaded on Parliament website. At the all-party meeting held on Wednesday evening, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan informed leaders that a copy of the annual report will be sent to each party office. MPs are entitled to purchase an iPad, whose cost will be reimbursed by Parliament. Wi-fi facility is already available inside both Houses and 4G upgradations of Parliament’s internet facility is on the cards.
Technology giant Apple has launched an ‘Indoor positioning app’ which allows business owners to map out their venues using their iOS device. The App was first spotted on the App Store by developer Steve Troughton-Smith isn’t available via search but easily accessible via direct link. The positioning app uses Wi-Fi and radio signals to track positions similar to the technology of WiFiSLAM, a startup in the US which the giant purchased for $20 million in 2013.