Commuters using the Airport Express Metro Line (AEML) can now enjoy free and unlimited WiFi services on all its six stations.
Launching the facility, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said on Friday stations on the busy Blue Line connecting Noida/Vaishali with Dwarka will follow suit.
Titled ‘Oui DMRC Free WiFi’, the service can be used by entering one’s phone number and typing in the auto-generated One Time Password (OTP).
“The WiFi will be available at a speed of up to 50 mbps. People will be able to access Internet applications like email, Facebook, Google, video chat as well as live streaming of cricket and football matches and so on inside the station premises,” said DMRC managing director Mangu Singh, while launching the service at Shivaji metro station.
DMRC has tied up with a consortium led by M/s Techno Sat Comm which runs India’s first WiFi on train service on the Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express. The facility will use the globally-acclaimed “T-Track 2.0 Wave 2 Solution”, also used on high speed trains worldwide.
Earlier this year, limited WiFi facility was launched at inter-change stations like Rajiv Chowk, Kashmere Gate and Central Secretariat. Even Hauz Khas station offers the same.
The 22.7km corridor comprising six stations registered a steady increase in ridership over the past two years. While the Delhi Metro took over operations of the AEML on July 1, 2013, with a ridership of around 9,000, the line’s total ridership figure crossed 50,000 passengers in a day in August this year.
“Various steps such as extension of timings to suit the passengers of Shatabdi Express trains, improvement of frequency from 15 minutes to 10 minutes 30 seconds, improvement of speed from 70 kmph to 80 kmph, seamless interchange between the Indian Railways station at New Delhi and Metro stations resulted in increase in ridership to 14,200 a day,” explained a metro official.