Mumbai Metro Brings Free Wi-Fi Access On Trains And Station, And It Works Quite Well Too!
Mumbai Metro was flagged off last month to much fanfare, and many young-smartphone-wielding metro travelers were waiting for one thing that was promised – Internet connectivity!
And now their wait is over. Mumbai Metro has now started offering free Wi-Fi access of Metro stations and trains. And based on the initial feedback received from some metro travelers, the wi-fi connectivity works quite well too.
Earlier today, Mumbai Metro also made an official announcement about the same on their Twitter account.
Network problems while travelling? Not Anymore! The Mumbai Metro now has Wi-Fi! pic.twitter.com/jrtwSG7hOQ
— Mumbai Metro (@MumMetro) July 3, 2014
Interestingly, the announcement has come about when #MumbaiMetro is trending for all the wrong reasons – the metro coaches have been leaking water due to incessant rains that Mumbai has witnessed since yesterday.
Some of the early users who used Wi-Fi have some good words to say about the speed and connectivity on the trains.
— Sumit S. Angane (@sumitangne) July 2, 2014
— Ashwin Menon (@Ashboy04) July 3, 2014
And few others were sarcastic as well!
Mumbai metro has wifi. So whats next? Bar lounges…dance floors..food courts?
— The Last Stark (@reddevil_sumit) July 3, 2014
According to a user the speed offered by these Wi-Fi hotspots is quite good – around 1 mbps for download and 5 mbps for upload. What we need to see is whether these kind of speeds will be sustainable when hundreds of users login simultaneously.
Another interesting aspect is that internet hot-spots on Metro have been provided by You Broadband. Given that Mumbai Metro project was done by Reliance, one would have thought that Reliance would be the preferred partner. But, may be, it is just a temporary arrangement till the time Reliance Jio services are launched.
One thing is sure though – Mumbai Metro travelers will be thrilled getting free Wi-Fi. What needs to be seen is how long will good connectivity sustain!