Maharashtra State Transport Buses to Offer Free Wi-Fi!
Next time when you are traveling in Maharashtra State Transport’s AC buses, you may be in for a surprise!
According to a TOI news, MSRTC will be installing wi-fi sets in around 100 Shivneri Volvo buses connecting Mumbai and Pune that will enable bus passengers to access internet completely free of cost.
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I personally use these buses quite often during my travels to Mumbai and 3-4 hours (one way) on these buses generally are quite un-productive. The only thing probably you can do is read books, newspapers or play games on your mobile. Yes, you can use the data services on your smartphone, but connectivity is quite poor once you leave the periphery of both the cities.
With introduction of free internet on the buses, the journey is sure to be more productive and appealing. Also, the passengers on Pune-Mumbai Shivneri buses are mostly day trippers who are either professionals or businessmen. The six to seven hours they will end up spending in the buses (to and fro) are sure to be more fruitful.
Not only will these buses have Wi-fi, but will also be fitted with CCTV cameras and GPS tracking that will help in monitoring movement of buses from central control room as well as deter bag-lifters and thefts that are quite common on these buses.
From passengers point of view, it is great because they do not have to pay any additional money for all these extra services. MSRTC will cover the expenses of these extra features by offering advertising on these AC buses.
How will Wi-Fi work
The system will work similar to how hotspots work. When the passenger connects the smartphone or laptop to the available wi-fi network, they will be asked for details such as email id and mobile number. They will then be sent login credentials to their mobile, which could be used access internet through the journey.
MSRTC plans to maintain and store all the records of people accessing the internet, so as to ensure that no one uses free internet services for destructive purposes. Internet will come to these Shivneri buses via direct satellite link-up.
So, next time you are on one of those buses try to make use of the free wi-fi services and don’t forget to let us know your experience using it!