Tourists visiting the Kashmir valley can now access hi-speed Internet services at Srinagar’s International Airport free of charge for the first 15 minutes as BSNL today launched its state-of-art Wi-Fi HotSpot services. The 4G-based Wi-Fi HotSpot services of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) at the Srinagar International Airport was inaugurated by Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Asgar H Samoon.
General Manager Telecom, Kashmir, Mohammad Salim Beg said the free Wi-Fi services would be extended to other public areas in Kashmir, including hospitals, and bus stands among others. By the end of June, BSNL will offer free Wi-Fi services at about 100 places including Lal Chowk, Press Enclave, SKIMS and Boulevard Road along the banks of Dal Lake.
The Wi-Fi services will be free for the first 15 minutes, a BSNL spokesman said. He said passengers will have to login after turning on Wi-Fi services on their laptops or smartphones or any other wireless device. Then, a BSNL-Wi-Fi prompt will pop-up on their device and the passengers will have to register and then they will be provided with a one-time password, he said. After verification, they will be able to browse.
BSNL has big plans to offer free Wi-Fi services across India. It plans to set up 40,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots across India with an investment of around Rs 6,000 crore. BSNL has been offering free Wi-Fi services at places like Udipi’s Malpe beach, and Puri, among others.