In a first, Mysuru zoo is Wi-Fi enabled

Last Updated 17 June 2016, 20:31 IST

 Now, visitors to Mysuru zoo can enjoy high-speed internet on the tap of their cellphones. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has introduced grade 5G Wi-Fi hotspots at five places inside the menagerie.

Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha, the brain behind the initiative, launched the tech-friendly service on Friday.

The hotspots are installed at main entrance, Tiger Park, Elephant Garden, restaurant inside the zoo and Giraffe park. Nearly 1,000 users can avail Internet service simultaneously at any time, sharing the backhaul of 10 Mbps.

For the first 30 minutes, users can acess the service for free, while they have to pay nominal fee later, said the authorities.

The users can avail the service by getting one-time password provided by the operators.
BSNL Consumer Fixed Access director N K Gupta said, ‘The public service provider in Karnataka is leading in carrier-grade Wi-Fi services. The services are now available at 548 hotspots in 215 locations covering 19 districts. In more than 90 villages, people are enjoying the high-speed net services made possible through National Optical Fibre Network.

The Karnataka circle is the first to launch mobile data service faster than 4G by Mobile Data Offloading (MDO) to Wi-Fi.

The MDO services are available in 102 locations with 157 access points in the state, including Mysuru zoo. BSNL has so far commissioned 67 Wi-Fi hotspots and it has planned to add nearly 1,400 hotspots during the current financial year in Mysuru and Chamarajanagar districts, he said.

MLA M K Somashekar presided over the programme. Chairperson of Zoo Authority of Karnataka Rehana Banu and Executive Director of the zoo S Venkatesan were present on the occasion.

(Published 17 June 2016, 20:31 IST)

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