Corporate bosses, executives, golfers from Delhi, and other wireless-savvy commuters will soon be able to hook up to the internet and stay connected with offices, transfer files, send emails, attend video conferences and even play online games, if they want to, while being driven on the 34 kilometer stretch from South Delhi to the Greater Noida Golf Course area.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and the Noida Authority have planned to make this portion of the road Wi-Fi enabled. A trial run is on at the Expressway stretch. The service was to start from this month, but due to technical delays, it is now likely to be launched near mid-July.
BSNL officials claim, Noida will become the first Indian city to provide Wi-Fi facility to moving vehicles on the road.
The Chief Executive Officer of Noida Authority, Sanjiv Saran, said, “Free Wi-Fi access will be provided on the long stretch ranging Delhi's Ashram end of the DND Flyway to DND Toll Plaza (Noida), Noida Sector 15A, Amity Crossing via Gautam Budha Expressway, Pari Chowk (Greater Noida), Jaypee Greens Golf Course to the Greater Noida Authority Office.”
“Authorities and the Noida Toll Bridge Company will compensate the users-charge loss to BSNL; Fifty percent of the project cost is being borne by the authorities and rest by BSNL.” said Saran.
“The Wi-Fi network is being launched at 2.4 GHZ frequency by overcoming signal overlapping problem and later, if signal problems are encountered, frequency will be switched over to 5 GHZ after obtaining necessary permission from the concerned department and depositing the necessary fees which will solve the signal interference problem permanently," said Saran.
Cruising through this stretch, net-savvy commuters will also save about Rs. 30 per trip as the present BSNL charge for the Wi-Fi network usage is Rs 1 per minute, said Mukesh Mandal, DGM, BSNL
“Users of Sancharnet, with the same user-ID and password, can access the network. However, no charges will be deducted from their account,” said Mandal
“Testing on a 20 km stretch of the Expressway has been going on for the last fortnight. Wi-Fi connectivity will be available to vehicles with speed up to 50-60 km per hour,"said Mandal.
"From the Amity Crossing to the Greater Noida stretch of Expressway, 36 Wi-Fi antennas have been installed on electric poles. Distance between any two antennas is 850 metres and at places where signal was found weak, distance has been reduced to 425 metre,” added Mandal. "The omni-directional 16 dB gain antennas have inbuilt radiators. To solve the signal problem, uni-directional antennas with umbrella attachments are being placed where signal interferences were detected on the portion of the route," he also said.
If implemented successfully, the Wi-Fi network will be extended on the 160-kilometer Taj Expressway up till Agra. In the near future, service will be extended to more sections of the roads in Noida and Greater Noida.