As the numbers of public Wi-Fi hotspots increase all over the country, Internet service providers are aiming to reduce digital congestions from the base networks.
The dream of a ‘digital India’ is currently going great guns, with the Government appearing to be quite serious in its intent to provide digital services to every Indian in the country. Apart from encouraging digital payments across sectors, right from online filing of GSTR to buying essential commodities over the Internet, the Government is also rolling out programmes to provide free Internet access at facilities like airports and railway terminals.
Meanwhile, private Internet service providers are also pushing the Digital India narrative with public Wi-Fi hotspots. These are found in places like 5-star hotels, cafes and restaurants, upscale schools, etc. where the management ties up with a private Internet service provider to offer complimentary connectivity to users. If you are in the region where a public Wi-Fi is operational at the time, you can switch off your phone’s mobile data and log on to the public Internet by entering your 10-digit phone number. Most public Wi-Fi hotspots can be used for as long as you are in the vicinity and the data signal is strong. However, some may have an upper limit of 30 minutes to 1 hour of free usage, after which you can pay a small fee to continue accessing the Internet.
How is public Wi-Fi beneficial?
Though most regard public Wi-Fi hotspots as conveniences, these hotspots are providing stellar service in another aspect – they are helping decongest base Internet networks, thus freeing up the spectrum for more users.
- As more of the country’s best Internet service providers like Airtel offer a big network of public Wi-Fi hotspots all over the country, the direct result of this activity is that the base mobile network is freed up. The spectrum is cleared of some users, while offering space to others. This means that more users can use the data spectrum on their mobile networks as one batch of users switches to public Wi-Fi.
- As a result, the base network is freer than before, thereby minimising the chances of call drops. Data transmission speeds also pick up dramatically.
- Some of the best Internet service providers like Airtel are able to offer a public Wi-Fi hotspot facility at practically any place – from housing complexes to shopping malls, and from sports stadia to bus stops. Logging in and using the hotspot Internet is also really simple.
- In turn, with the load on mobile base networks reduced, the mobile spectrum can be deployed in a more efficient manner.
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