Airport Authority of India (AAI) along with Firefly Networks is providing free WiFi services at 21 airports in the country.
Speaking about free WiFi services at 21 airports, Alex, ED-Operations, AAI said, “WiFi services at AAI airports are divided into two clusters – Cluster A is led by Chennai airport whereas Cluster B is led by Kolkata airport. Cluster A is focusing on 13 airports – Chennai, Goa, Pune, Trivandrum, Calicut, Coimbatore, Indore, Mangalore, Trichy, Vishakhpatnam, Vadodara and Madurai. Cluster B is focusing on 8 airports – Kolkata, Lucknow, Guwahati, Bagdogra, Agartala, Imphal, Bhubaneswar and Ranchi.
In Cluster A, WiFi is operational at all airports except Chennai where final testing is presently underway says G. Chandramouli, Airport Director, Chennai.
Commuters can avail free WiFi service for 45 minutes followed by 1 paisa/10KB of data. The WiFi service is free for Airtel and Vodafone users event after 45 minutes but for other operators it will be charged at the rate of 1 paisa/10KB of data.
In Cluster B, WiFi is operational at Lucknow, Guwahati, Bagdogra, Agartala, Imphal and Kolkata would be operational in 15 days says Atul Dixit, Airport Director, Kolkata.
For Bhubaneswar and Ranchi airport, the work is in progress for providing WiFi services at the earliest added Dixit.
Initially, airports are linked with 100 Mbps bandwidth and this increases with the increase in traffic to provide excellent WiFi service to all data users commented Dixit.
For providing free WiFi services, Firefly Networks is providing the complete infrastructure at all 21 airports in the country and in turn will pay a minimum amount to AAI.