Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation to provide free Wi-Fi hotspots at 144 bus stations
Dated: February 14, 2016
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is all set to launch Wi-Fi facility in 144 major bus stations. Some of the cities where the facility will be launched are Bengaluru, Hassan, Mandya, Mysuru, Madikeri, Dharmasthala, Mangaluru, Kundapur, Shivamogga, Harihar, Davangere, Tumakuru, Kolar and Chitradurga.
The transport agency mentions that a private company will set up the facilities for free, as it can earn revenues through advertising to make up for the cost of establishing the hotspot. To access the WiFi, users need to select ‘ION WiFi’ from available networks, and verify and register using their mobile numbers. Once connected, users will be provided with a (rather slow) 512kbps connection for 60 minutes or 100 MB, whichever is earlier. It’s not clear how much the service will cost post the free period.
Rajender Kumar Kataria, Managing Director, KSRTC, told the daily that KSRTC was the first public transport operator in India to provide free Wi-Fi in tier-1, 2 and 3 cities. He added that thousands of passengers will benefit from this everyday as they can connect with their family or surf the Internet. He was quoted as saying, “We provide access to our bus stations, while a private company is setting up the facility. We don’t pay anything as the company gets access to all areas of the bus station. It can earn revenue through advertisement and make up for the cost of establishment.”