Bharti Airtel has introduced their second public WiFi Hotspot in Kolkata as Airtel's free WiFi services has been active in Mother's Wax Museum (MWM), New Town, Rajarhat starting from August 8. This deployment is a part of Airtel’s ongoing network transformation program – Project Leap.
After Victoria Memorial Hall, MWM, located at New Town, opposite to Eco Park is the second landmark destination of Kolkata to get free public WiFi from Airtel. Visitors at Mother’s Wax Museum will be able to experience Airtel’s Wi-Fi service by connecting from designated Hotspot zones, which are an open platform for users across mobile operators having Wi-Fi compatible devices. will be able to enjoy one free browsing session of 30 minutes, per day, against each individual mobile number.
Users wanting to avail the free Wi-Fi service, will first have to enable the Wi-Fi from their device settings, then connect to the Wi-Fi network under “AirtelWiFiZone”, there would be an automatic redirection to a landing page and users will now need to validate the connection by inputting his / her mobile phone number. On completion the user would receive an authentication SMS containing the password. An URL option for direct log in will also be sent to the user.
Mr. Ravindra Singh Negi, CEO – West Bengal & Odisha, Bharti Airtel Limited said, “We are constantly innovating to find newer ways to enrich the lives of mobile users in the city, first with the launch of Wi-Fi service at Victoria Memorial Hall and now Mother’s Wax Museum, we aim to enable more & more users to experience superior and superfast mobile internet speeds by seamlessly latching on to our Wi-Fi hotspots and enjoy many more internet capabilities on their mobile devices, on the move.
Commenting on the launch Mr. Debashish Sen, Additional Chief Secretary Govt. of West Bengal, Urban Development Department and Chairman HIDCO said “We are delighted to launch this pilot project in association with Airtel, which will form an important element in our commitment to the Government’s ‘Green City’ initiative. The Mothers Wax Museum is one of the most-visited museum in Kolkata and is most appropriate for Wi-Fi services for enabling thousands of visitors to upload their selfies to social media and friends. Free Wi-Fi access is a part of this broader effort, which includes the enhancement of the Mothers Wax museum’s Green City presence. This pilot project is some sort of a trial run, and hopefully it will become a more permanent feature of MWM’s appeal.”
The Biswa Banga Sarani, which lies beside the MWM has its own WiFi services from HIDCO and probably powered by Reliance Communications, which is too slow to get the OTP text and start browsing. Though Airtel's WiFi services is limited to only Mothers Wax Museum, it's obvious it will be faster and easier to use.