Mobile users can now avail free high-speed Internet at seven locations in the steel city.
The locations are Gopal Maidan (in Bistupur), Sitaramdera long-distance bus terminus, Aam Bagan (in Sakchi), district collectorate (in Sakchi), the East Singhbhum SSP’s office (in Sakchi), district transport office (northern town, Bistupur) and the district sub-registrar’s office (northern town, Bistupur).
“The testing-on-air has been completed at all seven locations last week and people can start using the seamless high-speed Internet under the city Wi-Fi project,” Sanjeev Verma, BSNL general manager, Jamshedpur secondary switching area, told The Telegraph on Wednesday.
He said an eighth Wi-Fi hotspot would be activated in a couple of days.
“Installation of access points has also been completed at Sakchi private bus terminus (opposite Jama Masjid) and the testing-on-air at this location is underway today (Wednesday) and will be activated fully in a day or two,” Verma said.
Users would have to login in to a specific web page (www.bluetown.com) using their name and mobile number and then enter the OTP (one time password) they would be sent to enjoy free, high-speed Internet for half an hour.
“After half an hour, users would have to recharge online from the web page to continue the service,” said a senior BSNL official.
Recharge amount would vary between Rs 9 and Rs 69 to for data between 1GB per day to 30GB for 30 days.
Each access point has a coverage distance of 200m.
“We did not select Tatanagar station as it already has its own Wi-Fi facilities,” said a senior BSNL official associated with the project. “The sites were selected based on footfall and importance for users in terms of downloading data. For example near district transport office and the sub-registrar’s office a large number of people use government websites.”
The pre-survey work at all the sites had been completed last year and after a delay due to the imposition of model code of conduct for the Assembly elections the official testing was done in January this year.
“It is through mobile data offloading system which enables seamless migration of customers who are using high-speed Internet on mobile to continue using the service when they enter Wi-Fi hotspots,” said an official of the private agency (M/s Go-IPGlobal Solutions Private Limited) entrusted with the project. “This not only decongests mobile networks, but also enable the users to continue having high-speed Internet (more than 100mbps), even more than 4G speed, through the Wi-Fi area.”