Telecom network operator Tata Docomo (Tata Teleservices) today announced free Wi-Fi at Dabolim International Airport, Goa in association with the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
“We’ve seen a tremendous growth in adoption of public Wi-Fi services. We hope that these services are able to connect more users so that the true potential of internet can be realized for the benefit of the end user,” said Laxmikant Parsekar, chief minister of Goa, inaugurating the Wi-Fi service at the airport.
Free Wi-Fi services will be available to passengers in the transit and lounge areas of the airport for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi consumption, customers need make payment online to get the broadband service.
“Visitors at shopping centers, railway stations, sports stadiums and other public spaces consider Wi-Fi access in the same way as air-conditioning or lighting; simply a given; and airline passengers are no exception,” said Sunil Tandon, head – Non Voice Services, Tata Teleservices.
According to SITA’s global research, over four in five passengers carry a smartphone and 76 percent of them use airline apps, 43 percent say it’s made a definite improvement to their travel.
The research report said provision of airport Wi-Fi represents a top three priority for passengers after price comparison services and real time flight information.
45 percent would use their connected device to purchase food and drinks or browse a virtual duty-free shop while waiting to board.
By 2016, airport status notifications and flight status updates will be provided on social media by 75 percent of airports, while 70 percent will offer customer relations.
Recently, Wi-Fi was introduced at Delhi’s Connaught Place, thanks to Tata Docomo network.
In addition to infrastructure, Tata Docomo delivers support services, security and a range of revenue models and value-added services to support these Wi-Fi zones.
The telecom service provider plans to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in major cities across the country over the next two years.