Delhi’s Hauz Khas village (HKV), which is filled with party-goers on weekends, is getting free-WiFi soon. After Connaught Place, HKV will be the second place to get ‘free’ public WiFi in Delhi.
According to an official statement, the Hauz Khas village resident welfare association (RWA) has teamed up with Ozone Networks to bring free WiFi to the area.
Technically though it won’t be a ‘free’ service. The WiFi will remain ‘free’ for the first 20 minutes of login only. Re-charge cards will be available for Rs 30 for 30 minutes once the users’ 20 minutes are up.
Like with the Connaught Place WiFi shows TataDocomo on their smartphones, users will see the Ozone WiFi in their device’s settings. Once they choose that, they will be taken to a login page, where the user is expected to enter their mobile number. (Indian mobile number).
A one-time password (OTP) will be sent to the mobile number and once the password authentication process is completed, one will be able to log in to the WiFi and enjoy internet services.
According to Sanjeev Bobby Sarin, Founder & CEO, Ozone Networks, they have a 10 year contract, with a lockin period with the HKV residents.
“With this partnership, Hauz Khas village will become fully operational within 6 weeks. This area sees a high footfall of around 500.000 people/per month. This will provide users a Home-like broadband experience and will seamlessly connect users across our network,” he said in a press statement.
The AAP government had also offered free WiFi in Delhi as part of its manifesto, but not much has happened on that front. As we had noted in an earlier post free WiFi is never really free and there’s always a time limit after which users have to pay to log-in.
In a place like Hauz Khaz Village, where 3G connectivity can often be an issue, WiFi sounds like a great idea. However getting this WiFi to work at full speed might prove to be a challenge, given how crowded the place gets.