Airtel has partnered with Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) to equip 115 Metro luxury buses in Hyderabad with free 4G-based WiFi hotspots, on a trial basis for six months.
The WiFi service is available to commuters with a valid Indian number and is complimentary for 20 minutes per unique user. If one wishes to avail the service beyond the free usage time, a 100 MB pack worth Rs.25 can be purchased, among other higher value packs.
“The launch of complimentary WiFi services on-the-go is a real step forward in modernising the lifestyle of our citizens, whether business, education or pleasure,” said Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, Chief Executive Officer, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bharti Airtel.
Once a user connects to the Airtel WiFi available on board, they’ll receive a four-digit OTP via SMS which is used to authenticate your number for the free internet usage.
“This remarkable partnership with the Telangana government’s TSRTC is the largest in the country and will double the joy for travellers as it connects more Hyderabadi citizens than ever before,” Vijayraghavan added.
The WiFi uses Airtel’s 4G network, providing high-speed connectivity to all the websites and applications on your smartphone.
This move has been seen as part of Telangana government’s initiative to develop Hyderabad into a smart city.
Other Partnered Wi-Fi Deals by Airtel in the Past
In October 2014, the telecom giant had tied up with the Telangana government to set up free public Hotspot in 17 different locations in Hyderabad.
This service allows each unique user to avail 750 MB of data usage in a day. Registering to these hotspots is also done via OTP sent to the phone number used to connect to WiFi.’
In March 2015, Airtel alongwith Vodafone launched the ‘Firefly Networks’ in competition to Reliance Jio service. The Firefly Networks WiFi service was deployed at the Supreme Court of India in April 2015.
In August 2015, Airtel and Uber teamed up to equip the cabs with free WiFi as well as customers were allowed to pay their Uber bills via Airtel Money app.
In November 2015, Airtel struck a deal with OYO Rooms to provide WiFi and DTH services in more than 3000 rooms.
In April 2016, Firefly Networks installed their WiFi services at the Karkardooma Court, New Delhi.
There has been a lot of development towards setting up free public WiFi services in India. Governments of Kerala and Tamil Nadu are working towards setting up WiFi hotspots at thousands of Government-run schools and in public spaces, respectively.
Google has been working with the Indian Railways to provide internet hotspots at railways stations and recently Facebook joined the bandwagon too.