India: Delhi metro stations to be Wi-Fi enabled before Commonwealth Games

The Delhi (India) Government has decided to make all the metro stations Wi-Fi enabled before the 2010 Commonwealth games.

This will enable tourists to get wireless net access on laptops or palmtops. The state IT department is working on its Wi-Fi Pilot project at Connaught Place, South Ex I-II and Nehru place. The Delhi government has identified bidders including Internet and telecom players such as MTNL, Net4 India, Spectranet, Tulip IT Services and Microsense for these projects. Gemini Communications and Velocis Systems have also emerged prospective bidders. The IT department is also exploring the feasibility of information dissemination through portals at all places of tourist interest during the Games. Currently, all Cafe Coffee Day outlets in Kamla Nagar, South Delhi and Barista Espresso Bars in Connaught Place, Janak Puri and South Delhi are Wi-Fi enabled. All Delhi Wi-Fi spots are working on 802.11g Wi-Fi standard.