Aircel links up with Spectranet for Wi-Fi service

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 07, 2011

Aircel has partnered with Spectranet to offer high speed Wi-Fi-based Internet access to its mobile subscribers. Aircel subscribers can access Wi-Fi services by latching onto the “aircel_spectranet” SSID and following a simple two-step registration process. This is the first deployment of 2G and 3G mobile data offload to Wi-Fi in India.

Spectranet will deploy and manage core as well as access service infrastructure for Wi-Fi services enabling seamless authentication solution for both post-paid and pre-paid subscribers. Spectranet's mobile data offload platform enables seamless traffic handover between GSM & Wi-Fi networks. The system allows mobile smart phone users to automatically login and logout of Wi-Fi hotspots without having to enter username and password each time. The technology platform has been supplied by Inventum Technologies.

Spectranet has deployed Wi-Fi network of over 1000 hotspots across six metros — Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad. Over the next five years Spectranet plans to invest Rs 500 crore to expand its services across 50,000 hotspots and over five million households.

Mr Udit Mehrotra, Managing Director, Spectranet, said: “We are building India's largest Wi-Fi network across commercial and residential areas and see tremendous growth opportunity in this segment.”

Published on March 07, 2011

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