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.
Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio which is yet to launch its services commercially will be showcasing its high-speed data offerings at the IPL matches at Wankhede stadium in south Mumbai, Jio will be providing free WiFi access to the 30,000 spectators of the match at the stadium and in turn expects to give a taste of what internet browsing and streaming experience will be like on its blazing fast LTE network when it is launched. Jio is currently testing the WiFi network at Wankhede stadium and its LTE network is also currently in a test phase in Mumbai.
“Infrastructure required to wi-fi enable the entire stadium has been laid out already. And there certainly are plans to offer the Reliance Jio experience to cricket fans watching the matches in action. In fact, trials are already on and the company executives are working on various related aspects of delivering the high-speed internet experience,” sources said.
While IPL matches will be held throughout the country, Reliance chose to offer 4G services only at Wankhede stadium as IndiaWin Sports Pvt Ltd (a group company of Reliance Industries Ltd) owns Mumbai Indians team. One of the eight franchise cricket teams of the IPL, Mumbai Indians will play seven T20 matches at Wankhede, of which the first one against Kings XI Punjab is scheduled for April 12. Among other teams that Mumbai Indians will fight out at Wankhede include Chennai Super Kings (April 17), SunRisers Hyderabad (April 25), Rajasthan Royals (May 01), Delhi Daredevils (May 05), Royal Challengers Bangalore (May 10) and Kolkata Knight Riders (May 14).
Reliance has been keen on showcasing the 4G services and has been testing it in different pockets of the country including select Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campuses and high-streets in a select few states. The company also gave a taste of its 4G services to the corporate sector from across the world at the Vibrant Gujarat summit held in January this year.