In a statement release to press, Bharti Airtel announced that it has launched pilot based Wi-Fi service in 115 buses in Hydrabad. The company further revealed that with the Wi-Fi service, it will offer free high speed 4G Internet to the users on the luxury buses in the city.
Commenting on the launch, Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, Chief Executive Officer, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bharti Airtel said, “The launch of complimentary Wi-Fi services on-the-go is a real step forward in modernizing the lifestyle of our citizens, whether business, education or pleasure.”
The pilot project was started in association with Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) with 115 buses that cover the busy routes across Hydrabad.
“This remarkable partnership with the Government of Telangana’s TSRTC is the largest in the country and will double the joy for travelers as it connects more Hyderabadi citizens than ever before,” he added.
The Wi-Fi hotspots installed under this project will deliver 4G data at a rate of up to 10Mbps, which will be only free for first 20 minutes, there after add-on packs could be purchased, with a starting price of Rs. 25 for 100MB. Keeping the demonetisation program in mind, the company allows users to pay via debit and credit cards.
In order to get benefit of the service, the user will have to provide their phone number to the network which will give a four digit OTP that will be used to connect the handset to the hotspot.
The company has planned to run the project to for free for first six month. And it will then decide about the future after gathering feedback and inputs from users.