IGI broadens band for high-speed internet
NEW DELHI: Flyers will soon be able to enjoy high-speed internet through their existing mobile data connections as DIAL has planned to make IGI India's first digital airport by the end of this month.
The airport operator will be introducing advanced Mobile Data Offloading (MDO) facility at both the domestic and international terminals.
Once launched, the Delhi airport will become India's largest Wi-Fi zone spread over 6 lakh square metres. Mobile data offloading can reduce the amount of data being carried on the cellular bands, freeing bandwidth for other users.
The primary benefit of the MDO facility would be that customers will be able to access high-speed internet at 2G/3G data prices. "To use this service, passengers will have to subscribe to the data packs of the service providers and then switch over to the airport's Wi-Fi network. Passengers will have to provide a user ID and password to get seamless access to a high-speed network. The MDO facility will be in addition to DIAL's existing 45-minute free Wi-Fi service.
DIAL has tied up with Vodafone to provide this service. Talks are on with Airtel, which is likely to join within a few months. Once Airtel joins, the MDO at Delhi airport will cover over 75% of passengers using mobile internet.