The one-month free Wi-Fi services are yet to be officially launched across the city, but it’s been 15 days since the Internet service providers started it at several locations. Youngsters are making the most of it.
One can easily spot these locations in the city where groups of youths can be seen standing or sitting on the footpaths with smart phones and laptops. Many people are even driving up to these Wi-Fi zones to enjoy the service that can be availed of free for 30 minutes daily.
Areas Where Free Wi-Fi is Accessible
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These groups are seen along the roads in and around Surya Nagar, especially on the road connecting Siripur Square to Ganga Nagar, near BMC Bhawani Mall, in and around Forest Park and Imfa Park in Saheed Nagar and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Park at Satsang Vihar and on the Utkal University campus.
The Thrill of Speed
According to some users, the free WiFi service has better speed than most of the other services they have used in Bhubaneswar before. The speed is reported to have been around 10mbps at some zones. Some users have even claimed to have downloaded an entire movie within 8 minutes, making the most of the free service.
Apart from commuters who stop by and use the service, a large number of students at OUAT and Utkal University, as well as private hostels, are using the Wi-Fi facility to the fullest.
Feedback from Users
Since this is a trial run, the service providers and Software Technology Park of India (STPI) are collecting feedback from users. The service providers mostly collect views from users online when they log in for the second time. Besides, a neutral consultant also collects opinions from some users who do not log in for second time.
This feedback would help in choosing the firm to be selected for providing the service. At present, Reliance Jionet provides the service at Surya Nagar, while Ortel is offering it at Saheed Nagar, Imfa Park, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Park and on Utkal University campus.
Airtel and Infratel jointly provide the free Wi-Fi service at Forest Park and in the airport area. The one-month phase will work as proof of concept for the Wi-Fi project in the city. The proof of concept is the demonstration of a potential product or service before its launch to assess its feasibility.
According to the STPI director, Manas Ranjan Panda, the free Wi-Fi service will be officially launched for a month shortly.
Courtesy: The Telegraph