City tests Wi-Fi at CP, some complain about 'slow speed'

The free Wi-Fi connections at Connaught Place drew mixed reactions from users on Monday that was launched by NDMC on Sunday. The service provider of the project is Tata Docomo.

The Wi-Fi service will be accessible in inner and outer circles of Connaught Place, including Central Park.

While the service is free for the first 20 minutes, users need to buy scratch cards available in various denomination for further use.

Pradeep Arya, official of the civic centre, said, “I tested the service on my way to office in the morning. The connectivity was sound and I bought a card for Rs 20 from a Tata Docomo outlet for further use. I have downloaded files till almost a GB now. I don’t have Wi-Fi at home and did not want to rely on the office internet.”

A denomination of Rs 20 will give access to the internet for an hour, said Arya, who was seen spending the lunch time at Connaught Place for the Wi-Fi. To use the service, users have to register with their name, phone numbers and email id.

Once you register, a message confirmation comes. You will be directed to the page by clicking on the link in the message. For some users, the connection was successful for the first 10 minutes, following which it was slow.

“I gave up using the Wi-Fi after the first few minutes as it took a long period for a page to load. May be, it also varies from phone to phone. I had heard the streaming will be fast but on the contrary, it was slower than it is on my internet pack,” said a vendor outside Palika Bazaar.

A shop owner at Palika Bazaar said the registration process took over five minutes to complete.  “One is already running out of time and patience in the registration process. Even though mine is a high-end phone, the internet page stopped responding after five minutes.”

Students were, however, seen happy with the service. “It is working perfectly on my phone. I am close to completing a 20-minute session now,” said Deepankshu, who was accompanied by his classmates.
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