City to have 4 more WiFi hotspots


Kolkata: According to the latest reports, the Wi Fi zone in Kolkata will extend to four new areas of the city. And this will be done by the Corporation in association with Reliance Jio within the next month, according to official sources.

The new Wi-Fi zones will be stretched across from South City to Lords crossing, Rashbehari crossing to Hazra crossing, Medical College to Barnaparichay Mall and the areas around Lady Brabourne College, National Medical College and Don Bosco School. It takes a week to set up power connectivity with access points so the system is likely to be active by end-April or the first week of May.

Park Street was the first to get 4G-enabled services in February, making Kolkata the first city to have such a free service. Two more zones were added in March — Gariahat-Golpark and the area near Jadavpur 8B bus-stand. Sources in Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Reliance-Jio said they are extending the service to four more areas because of the increasing demand for data services.

KMC sources say almost 5 lakh users have availed of free Wi-Fi since it was rolled out at Park Street on February 5. Park Street has around 230 Wi-Fi routers online, allowing 9,200 people to connect to the Wi-Fi network at a time. With a host educational institutions and restaurants located there, downloads increased at a rapid pace. “We have seen that daily downloads are as high as 1,350 gb. Demand is growing so rapidly that at times it is difficult to provideservices due to the huge number of downloads at the same time,” said a KMC official. Given the nature of the downloads, teenagers seem to be doing most of the downloading. “Games and movies are the most popular downloads,” said an official.