Delhi Metro & Railtel ( Mumbai) Free Wi-Fi User Experience
Recently Techplayon team and readers shared more Wi-Fi Deployment stories from the field. Delhi DMRC Wi-Fi Deployments to Railtel, Google Wi-Fi in Vashi Navi Mumbai.
Info From DMRC Website:
Delhi Metro recently started Wi-Fi services on Blue line stations. The facility titled “Oui DMRC Free Wi-Fi” will be available on all 50 stations of the Blue Line. A person will be able to log in simply by searching for Wi-Fi options and log into “Oui DMRC Free Wi-Fi” after doing a one-time registration through their mobile phones.
For providing this free Wi-Fi facility, DMRC has tied up with a consortium led by M/s Techno Sat Comm which is already providing the same facility on all six Metro stations of the Airport Express Line from October 2016 and also running India’s first Wi-Fi 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.
DMRC aims at launching “Oui DMRC Free Wi-Fi” on all operational Metro stations and trains in a phased manner. It is expected that in another 6-9 months’ time, the same facility will be made available on all stations of Yellow Line (Line-2 i.e, HUDA City Centre to Samaypur Badli) and inside trains of Airport Line.
We went on the field and did some testing on the same, below is the report:
Our team members started their journey from Sector 21 metro station and did travel in the metro to check the QoS of the Wi-Fi network on various stations.
Connecting to the Delhi Metro Wi-Fi was Captive portal based. Users need to enter their phone number to get OTP, thereafter OTP and email address lets you log in and use free Wi-Fi services.
Speedtest snapshots below shows the pretty good speed of ~40Mbps, the coverage was seamless with both bands being transmitted at Dwarka station. As everywhere else, 2.4GHz was crowded with other SSIDs.
Team also perfomed testing at Rajiv Chowk, the busiest metro station, as can be seen in the pictures too, even on weekend. Speedtest results showed ~3Mbps, which perhaps for this busy place is not bad. Interestingly here both 2.4GHz and 5GHz were overcrowded, which shows the need of new spectrum for unlicensed services.
Railtel/Google Wi-Fi In Vashi, Navi Mumbai
Here is our Report on Railtel Wi-Fi Vashi Station, Navi Mumbai. Similar to our Railtel New Delhi deployment the throughput was pretty good 30+Mbps. Rajan also informed us he observed 20Mbps on CST station, which clearly shows the advantage Google deployments have with power packed backhaul from railways.
User Experience about Free Wi-Fi by Delhi Metro in Delhi and By Railtel at Navi Mumbai
Article Submitted By Mr. Rajan Tiwari
Rajan, from Mumbai, sent us his experience with Railtel Wi-Fi at Vashi Navi-Mumbai. He is a regular reader of TechPlayon and MTS, QA with NetVelocity team