New Delhi, India, November 17, 2014: Tata Docomo, the unified telecom brand of Tata Teleservices Limited, today announced the launch of public Wi-Fi connectivity in Connaught Place (CP) area, in partnership with New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). At a ceremony organized at the prominent Central Park in CP, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, inaugurated the public Wi-Fi services in the presence of Shri Shankar Agarwal, Urban Development Secretary.
NDMC has partnered with Tata Teleservices to provide Wi-Fi service, which will cover the inner and outer circles of one of the most significant business and leisure centres in the city.
To enjoy Wi-Fi service the user needs to authenticate with a valid mobile number in a Wi-Fi enabled device. Post which the user receives a one time password (OTP) to login and use the service free for 20 minutes. Those who wish to continue enjoying the experience can opt for recharge cards of various denominations, which are easily available online and at Tata Docomo retail outlets. The recharge cards are available at Rs. 10 for 30 mins, Rs. 20 for 60 mins and Rs. 50 for 180 mins of Wi-Fi access. For any service related assistance customers can call the Wi-Fi call centre number +91 11 60607070.
Opening-up this service to the public of the national capital, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, said, “Launch of Wi-Fi services at the centrally located, Connaught Place, is truly a joyous occasion. These initiatives are in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a ‘Digital India’, which would enable greater transparency and better governance. We thank NDMC and Tata Teleservices for all its support towards the cause and their endeavor to constantly maintain high standards of life.”
Addressing the gathering at the launch, Mr Jalaj Shrivastava, Chairman, NDMC said, “Connecting one of the most vibrant and busy parts of the city with the world through internet, round the clock, is a milestone in the process of city’s urban development. Enriching facilities such as the Wi-Fi connectivity across Connaught Place showcase the futuristic path NDMC has taken to bring the city at par with international standards. We are pleased to see how the initiatives taken by Tata Docomo have shaped up and we look forward to similar projects being executed by NDMC in the coming times.”
Commenting on the announcement, Shankar Agarwal, Urban Development Secretary, said “This is a great initiative for the city and is comparable to the best in the world. The launch of public Wi-Fi access in Connaught Place is a move in the direction to empower the city. Technology is a great enabler of urbanization, inclusive development, all-encompassing economic prosperity and more job opportunities. Such projects improve the overall quality of life of citizens.”
Launching the CP Wi-Fi Service, N. Srinath, Managing Director of Tata Teleservices Limited, said, “We are excited about our association with the NDMC on this initiative. Today, Wi-Fi is the new oxygen for the ever-connected generation of smart device users. The deployment of Wi-Fi services in one of the biggest public open-areas in the city is a nod to the emerging trends of data consumption, especially by millennials. For us at Tata Docomo, public Wi-Fi access is an important step towards digitization in the city.”
With millennials spending an average of 7.2 hours per day consuming media content, and more of that time spent on mobile devices than any other platform; Wi-Fi hotspots at high footfall areas is no longer a luxury but a necessity. The hyper-connected millennials expect Wi-Fi to be a ‘default’ setting in their daily life that provides the convenience of being available anytime and anywhere.
Tata Docomo has consistently showcased experience and excellence in the Wi-Fi hotspot segment, servicing and supporting one of India’s busiest airport (T3), amongst other associations with educational institutions, hospitality chains, etc. With the innovation of deploying Wi-Fi in such a huge area, the company aims to enable businesses and customers alike who increasingly need connectivity with higher speeds across multiple devices.
Tata DoCoMo’s Wi-Fi credentials
Supported by the company’s wholly-owned national fiber backbone, Tata Docomo is one of India’s leading Wi-Fi service provider. Tata DoCoMo’s Wi-Fi provisioning has also helped to connect some of India’s most emblematic public spaces, including Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, Indira Gandhi International Airport and Chinnaswamy Stadium.
In addition to infrastructure, Tata Docomo delivers support services, security and a range of revenue models and value-added services to support these Wi-Fi zones in anticipation of the exponential growth of Internet usage on the back of year-on-year doubling of smartphone devices in India.