With all our gadgets being Wi-Fi enabled there’s no reason to be offline, even in a market!
In an expensive yet progressive move, the New Delhi Municipal Council is introducing Wi-Fi zones in the city’s popular hangout spots! The service is up and running in Khan Market and would be introduced in Connaught Place by the end of this month, followed by Karol Bagh market soon. This facility is completely free for the first 15-20 minutes.
In Khan Market, Airtel & Vodafone have teamed up to provide this service whereas in CP, Tata Docomo has partnered to offer Wi-Fi over 4Kms, covering both inner and outer circles. To use the facility, the visitor would be required to give his email address and mobile number, on which an OTP (One Time Password) would be received, required for successively connecting to the network. The browsing should be smooth as 4G speeds are being offered. The security being a major concern, has been effectively taken care of with Tata & Vodafone passing the “Five Layers of security”.
The first 15-20 minutes each day are free, after which the users are required to purchase a plan, either online or from various outlets offering scratch cards. The plans are very reasonable starting from Rs. 20 for 40 mins and go up to Rs. 50 for 100 minutes!
Till now free Wi-Fi was only offered in cafes and restaurants. where the complementary connections had their own flaws – poor speeds, tedious registrations and expensive premium plans (to name a few!). The ambitious project is being welcomed by the traders of these markets, who believe it would help attract more crowds. Future locations may include Dilli Haat & Sarojini Nagar as well.
So the next time you are out shopping, don’t forget to update your status!