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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Exclusive: BSNL started testing of Free WiFi Hotspots in Kochi, launch by 15th May 2015

As we reported earlier, State run PSU - Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will be launching Free Public WiFi Services initially in 10 major locations in Kochi by 15th May 2015. BSNL will be implementing the project in collaboration with the Corporation of Kochi and QuadGen Wireless Solutions.


In the first phase of the project, WiFi facility is being made available at the Corporation office, Subhash Park, Marine Drive, High Court, Kaloor bus stand, Edappally, Durbar Hall Ground, High Court, the Court Complex, Mattancherry and Fort Kochi. Testing/Trial running of Free WiFi services started from 02-05-2015 onwards.

As per information from BSNL sources, by 15th of May 2015, ten WiFi zones in major public centres of the city would be operational. 

BSNL authorities said - “The facility is up and running as of Saturday on a trial basis. The hotspots have been set up and access points activated, within a radius of up to 300 metres in each of these locations. Traffic data is being collected from the public logging in for free for 15 minutes. We are just monitoring the volume of traffic and data flow to see if there’s a need to up the bandwidth for enhancing data speed in certain areas. However, bandwidth and validation of the tariff structure will only be finalised after evaluating the data traffic.” 

BSNL will launching Free Wi-Fi zones having 300 metres of radius from the access point and a bandwidth of 10 Mbps would be made available to users.

Different Categories of BSNL Free WiFi hotspot Services
  • Small Hotspot: Cafe, Lounge, Food court etc, - 2 Mbps (dedicated)
  • Mid Size Hotspot: Malls, IT Parks, Resorts, Hospitals etc – 4 Mbps (dedicated)
  • Large Hotspot: Campus, Very large mall, uncovered broadband semi urban/rural areas – 10 Mbps (dedicated)

Any one having a valid mobile connection (of any network) can log in using a login id and password and payment could be made either through net banking or using prepaid vouchers, to be made available to BSNL franchisees in the city.

Recently BSNL revised Public WiFi Tariff and now customers can enjoy 30 minutes of Free WiFi usage. See latest BSNL WiFi Tariff below:

BSNL is also working on a proposal to have a total of 500 Wi-Fi hotpots across the State. BSNL Ernakulam alone will have 120 sites as part of this ambitious project.

See other latest news about BSNL WiFi Services below:

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