MUMBAI: ONEOTT Intertainment Ltd (OIL), Hinduja’s foray into Telecom and Internet services, announced a partnership with Facebook to offer Wi-Fi hotspots across Mumbai powered by ONE GigaFiber high-speed internet service, and supported by Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi software platform. The Wi-Fi hotspots will enable consumers in Mumbai to access fast, affordable and reliable Internet for free during the Ganesh Festival.
This service will be available in over 120 Ganpati Pandals including iconic locations such as Lalbaug cha Raja, Girgaum cha Raja, Ganesh Galli, among others. OIL has been actively involved in providing Public Wi-Fi Services with a special focus on Ganeshotsav, where they have been providing Free Wi-Fi and internet access to devotees since 2016, under the brand name “AamchaNet”.
The landmark service has seen close to half a million users since its inception, connecting devotees across Mumbai from the first day of the festival till Visarjan, where Free Wi-Fi access is also available at the most popular Visarjan sites including Girgaum Chaupaty.
Mr. Yugal Sharma, CEO of OIL said – “In the fourth year of providing Public Wi-Fi services during Ganeshotsav, it was amazing to see organizers coming to us directly and asking about enabling their pandals with high speed Wi-Fi. This year, we will be enabling 6 times the pandals and locations that we covered in the first year of launching “AamchaNet”. And now with ONE Wi-Fi hotspots supported by the Express Wi-Fi software platform, OIL’s ambitious plans for providing Public Wi-Fi access have been solidified, and we are looking forward to a successful partnership.”
Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi is a software platform that helps service providers and mobile network operators build, operate, grow, and monetize their Wi-Fi business in a sustainable and scalable way. Facebook partners with service providers and operators who expand the provision of fast, affordable, and reliable access to the Internet over Wi-Fi using Express Wi-Fi.
“Express Wi-Fi is an important part of our work to help transform people’s daily lives and connect more underserved communities,” said Satish Mittal, head of Express Wi-Fi, India, Facebook. “We’re excited to partner with OIL to provide access to fast and reliable Internet over Wi-Fi for free during the Ganesh Festival, leveraging ONE GigaFiber and the Express Wi-Fi software platform.”
To access the service, devotees need to connect to “ONE Express Wi-Fi by Facebook” in the available networks on their devices. By entering their Mobile numbers and verifying the One Time Password (OTP), people can gain access to unlimited data powered by ONE GigaFiber’s high speed connectivity.