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T20 World Cup 2016:Reliance Jio offering free unlimited Wi-Fi at 6 stadiums

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There’s good news for cricket fans in India planning to watch the upcoming T20 World Cup matches live at stadiums. Reliance Jio today announced free high-speed Wi-Fi with unlimited downloads at six stadiums across the country.

The service offered by Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited’s Jionet will be available in Bangalore (M Chinnaswamy Stadium), Dharmashala (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium) , Kolkata (Eden Gardens), Mohali (Punjab Cricket Association Stadium), New Delhi (Feroz Shah Kotla) and Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium). The service provider has fixed a certain range to allow only spectators inside these stadiums to have access.

Here’s how spectators can connect to Jionet services:

*Activate Wi-Fi on the smartphone and select ‘Reliance JioNet WiFi’
*Visit the login page
*Enter mobile number and generate OTP (sent via SMS)
*Log-in with the OTP

The OTP is valid for 24 hours only. The user will be automatically logged out if there is no internet activity for 30 minutes. Jionet claims to offer download speeds of 50 mbps. 

Recently, it claims to have tested the same during a match at Wankhede in which downloads of over 22TB occured on its networks.

“To make this possible, Jionet’s Wi-Fi access points (APs) will cover the entire stadium with a seating capacity of minimum 20,000. Jionet High Density is designed to provide stable high-quality Wi-Fi coverage to individuals in a densely packed groups, at which standard Wi-Fi deployments fail. High-Density Wi-Fi (HD Wi-Fi) creates lots of small radio footprints so as to be able to cater for pockets of clients in localised areas across the stadium. Thus, keeping the radio traffic between the user and the AP low, avoiding interference and congestion both,” the company said in a statement.

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Amazon offering free Wi-Fi zones with unlimited Internet access in Hyderabad, Pune and Chennai till 3rd August

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Online retailer Amazon has set up three free Wi-Fi zones, in Hyderabad, Pune and Chennai with an intention of attracting customers to its shopping platform. The high speed internet is unlimited and is not restricted to any particular activity. However, these free WiFi hotspots would be available for a limited time and will operate only till 3 August.

In Hyderabad, the Wi-Fi zone is located at Secunderabad junction, Dilsukhnagar and Ameerpet. In Pune, the zones are located at four bus shelters – East Street Road, M.G. Road, Bund Garden Road and J.M. Road. In Chennai, free Wifi can be accessed at bus shelters in Santhome High Road, Egmore High Road, Dr. Nair Road and Velacherry High Road.

Amazon is committed towards investing $2 billion in India to boom the online purchase of the people, who are now more stick to home grown e-commerce sites like Flipkart and Snapdeal. “We have been relentlessly innovating to deliver a great customer experience in India. In line with this, we have innovated on the out of home front to launch 24X7 free Wi-Fi hotspots in high footfall locations across Hyderabad so that local residents can enjoy seamless online shopping,” Manish Kalra, director of integrated marketing at Amazon’s India unit said in a statement.

Amazon’s representatives will be available in free Wi-Fi zone areas to help the first time users.

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BSNL To Provide Free Wi-Fi Service To Varanasi ghats

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Varanasi’s two ghats – Dashashwamedh Ghat & Shitala Ghats – have received free Wi-Fi service via BSNL. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications and IT, inaugurated the Wi-Fi hotspot zones.

BSNL will be providing free Wi-Fi service for 30 minutes per 24 hours. After 30 minutes, users will need to purchase top ups priced at Rs. 20, Rs 30, Rs 50 and Rs 70 for validity of 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 120 minutes respectively.

The telecom operator also plans to expand Wi-Fi coverage to other popular ghats in the city by end of this month. Moreover, BSNL plans to invest about Rs. 60 crore to improve its mobile network in  the city. The operator will be focussing on its IP, 2G and 3G networks.

It’s notable the government is planning to make set up public Wi-Fi in 25 cities by June 2015 as part of its Digital India initiative. The government is expected to empanel three to four Wi-Fi service providers in order to gain flexibility needed to ensure that a speedy roll-out takes place by June 2015. The project is jointly being worked by the Department of Telecom and Ministry of Urban Development.

So far, New Delhi’s Connaught Place and Khan Market areas have received free public Wi-Fi service.

As part of Digital India mission, the government plans to connect all 2.5 lakhs Panchayats through brodband. Idukki in Kerala has become the first district in India to get high speed rural broadband connectivity under the government’s Digital India project.

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