Vodafone India is testing out Wi-Fi hotspots at places with high Internet-user density to offer uninterrupted, high speed Internet connectivity to its data users, ET reports. With this service, users on Vodafone network will be able to access uninterrupted Internet connectivity over these Wi-Fi hotspots, which would be far less congested than the cellular network. Also Read - Vi (Vodafone Idea) is now focusing on growing broadband business with You Broadband
This service is a part of the company’s Project Spring, under which they plan to create superior data-enabling infrastructure. The company has started running pilot projects for this service in metro cities, which include Mumbai. “We’re trialing that in several metros including Mumbai. Wifi off-load is a developing technology and more functionalities are coming out which will make it more seamless. We’re trying to make the authentication seamless,” Vishant Vora, director, technology, Vodafone India told the publication.
Reportedly, Vodafone does not want its users to put in the log-in details for accessing its Wi-Fi networks every time, and is working on adding a one-time registration for accessing a hotspot. “If you register once (with a hotspot), you are maintained in our systems and don’t need to do authentications again and again,” Vora said.
The company is working on the commercial aspect of the concept to determine the cost of using its Wi-Fi hotspots. It is not yet disclosed whether this would be a paid or free service for users. There is a possibility that the company might introduce Wi-Fi hotspot service under paid and free usage models.
In addition to that, Vora also said that the standards to enable the switch from one wireless-connectivity option to another would be coming soon. With this, it will be easier for the operator to switch from one kind of spectrum to another at the back end to offer glitches free Internet connectivity.
Recently, Tata Teleservice too had said it would be deploying 4,000 new Wi-Fi hotspots in nine cities over two years.