Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 14:
Odisha’s Biju Patnaik International Airport will offer 24-hour Wi-Fi internet services to passengers from June 1.
The infrastructure work on Wi-Fi services to be provided by Bharti Infratel is almost over and the trial run for the services will start in another 10-15 days, informed the airport authorities.
The project started at an expense of Rs 20 lakhs will offer 10 Mbps speed to the users and 800 users can use this service simultaneously.
To use the service, users would need to register their mobile number in the Wi-Fi counter to receive a password to connect to the airport Wi-Fi network after checking-in.
The first fifteen minutes of usage would be free for the users, but they would have to pay for it after the first 15 minutes. The tariff after the free minutes will be decided soon.
The service, once started, would be a great benefit for travellers and tourists as they prefer to browse for cab services, hotels, maps and engage in social media and business applications during the waiting period at airports.
This service is also going to be immensely helpful to the lakhs of foreign tourists expected in the state during the Nabakalebara festival of Lord Jagannath later this year.
Wi-Fi services are common at most airports across the globe. Many of them provide it for free. Most of the major airports in India are also providing the service.