MTNL to Launch Affordable Wi-Fi facilities at Public Places & Roaming Facility for Broadband Users in Mumbai

Mumbai’s largest Broadband service provider MTNL plans to launch most affordable Wi-Fi Hot-Spot at public places such as airports, railway stations, malls, hotels and the upcoming Metro and Mono Rail stations across Mumbai and ‘Roaming Facility’ for its wire-line Broadband users.

MTNL wifi and Broadband roaming

Speaking with TelecomTALK, MTNL Mumbai ’s Executive Director, Peeyush Agrawal said that the “company is ready to bring most affordable Wi-Fi plans  to access high speed Internet at WiFi Hot Spots across Mumbai which will be launched within next 2 to 9 months.” Mr Agrawal further added that “We will tie up with all popular Coffee houses, Restaurants, Hotels, Food courts in shopping Malls,Airports and railway stations. The MTNL’s Wi-Fi will be completely secured. We will follow all regulatory norms to ensure data protection.”

Roaming Facility on Wire-line – Broadband : 

Peeyush Agrawal, Executive Director, MTNL Mumbai,

Peeyush Agrawal, Executive Director, MTNL Mumbai,

Apart from WiFi hot-spot, MTNL also plans to introduce “Roaming Facility” over Broadband services, wherein customer can access their Home or Office Broadband account on their smart-phones or laptop at all MTNL WiFi Hot Spot across the city. With this new facility existing MTNL Broadband customers can access hi speed Internet with unlimited downloads while on move for as low as just Rs.50 a month. The pricing is still being worked out.

According to Agrawal, “MTNL also plans to increase its ADSL Broadband customer base by about 2 lakh in Mumbai circle, presently MTNL has 5.7 lakh broadband users in Mumbai. However, one of the major issues that its facing is cable theft, that eventually makes numerous landlines goes dead. However We have introduced a cable theft circuit system. The moment anyone cuts off or tries to steal a cable, the system activates the circuit and rings an alarm at our control room. We can nab the culprit in minutes, it will help to improve service.”

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  • firstonnet February 20, 2014 6:44 pm

    Sirji Any update where we reached and when we are going to launch our awaited WIFI hotspots in Mumbai circle. I got to know from Peeyush sir that they are personally looking into it to complete the task before time frame and work was in full swing to cover almost spots but later i dont know what happened, still no news from MTNL media and you too. Sir please update us

  • kaushik February 1, 2014 11:13 am

    superb superb superb! but i cant use my 2.45 kg lappy sitting in railway stations. lol.
    i dont have those handy smrtphones having wifi facility. haha

  • Nikhil January 27, 2014 6:30 pm

    Sanjay sir, Plz give more details & info. about BSNL EVDO coverage, city coverage(all india) & future planning.

  • Shiv January 26, 2014 9:32 pm

    Really innovative of them to do so. Data competition is heating up with their plans…for sure.

    Rejoice customers. Exciting times ahead for…sure.

    And aah Mr Bafna….once again… You rock dude. First one to break the news!!

  • firstonnet January 25, 2014 7:58 pm

    Thank you Sanjay sir, for such a great information, as per sources MTNL already started their project work towards wifi net from their own telephone exchanges work is in full swing and they are very much confident to complete their task before the deadline. Within a 3 months of time frame they will start to run test drive some of the part of town area of Mumbai. Surely as usual MTNL is always offers affordable rates, I hope this will surely change the image of PSU operator once its launch in Mumbai. MTNL hai toh sahi hai…Agar MTNL nahi toh AVOID team will loot our Mumbaikars.

  • Arshad January 25, 2014 5:21 pm

    what 50 a month well i think it will be very difficult to supply enough bandwidth to every one and according to this price point if its litmited than its is just a copy of taiwan they also introduced public wifi hotspots.

    • Akhil Mohan January 26, 2014 9:19 pm

      Dude we live in India. “enough bandwidth to everyone ” does not apply here. :P

  • Ganesh Srinivasan January 25, 2014 4:38 pm

    Good move by MTNL Mumbai – affordable WiFi – just after Bangalore launches free WiFi (limited to 30 mins)

  • Esmail January 25, 2014 4:25 pm

    How about upgrading your Pathetic HSDPA 3G speeds from 3.6Mbps to HSPA+ 21.1Mbps first?

    • vikas January 25, 2014 4:59 pm

      They wont upgrade it and it doesnt matters bcoz still the signal strength would be weak.

    • Kunal January 26, 2014 10:21 am

      Seriously they need to upgrade the 3G network, forget the speed, on auto mode it never stays on 3G, always switches to 2G n my lumia only has auto mode :\

      • SS January 26, 2014 10:58 am

        In developer option, you can forcefully select 3g network.

        Btw, amber update solves some problem of using an icra 3g operator. Now, when i roam with my airtel 3g delhi sim in up east ( highest connection speed 3g), it automatically rejects IDEA 3G. :-)

        • Sagar January 26, 2014 2:49 pm

          In airtel 3G how much speed do u get in delhi?

          • SS January 26, 2014 4:16 pm

            Max 3 mbps. Avrg 1.5 mbps to 2 mbps

        • SS January 26, 2014 4:17 pm

          Select not reject in last line

        • Kunal January 29, 2014 9:13 pm

          @SS are u sure, are u talking about the GDR3 one? Cos in the Lumia Black update there isnt any way to force 3G. Infact when i was on BSNL network in Daman, the phone used to stick to 3G even if had only one bar of signal strength which was fantastic, but MTNL leaves 3G even if two bars are dropped !

      • Yo January 26, 2014 2:48 pm

        Even reliance in mumbai the same thing it always prefers 2G n if we do 3G nly it shows full coverage but after a hour and half outgoing calls it comes not registered on netwlrk while the net is still ON
        Best in mumbai for 3G is Vodafone….Also BSNL 3G via MTNL is better 1 gb 3g@ 139rs but 3g is not available everywhere like in marine lines there is full coverage but as u go towards Juhu 3G coverages goes to 2 bars…..