After installing free public Wi-Fi at railway stations in Mumbai, Google has chosen Chandigarh as their pilot city to launch high-speed public Wi-Fi and provide free internet access to city people. The project of free Wi-Fi in Chandigarh has been launched by Google India in association with Central Government’s Digital India Project and the Chandigarh Administration.
Google has installed beautiful wi-fi towers in Chandigarh with a pink coloured, flower like structure on the top. These Wi-Fi towers have been installed in almost all sectors of Chandigarh to provide full WiFi coverage to the entire city. A field team from Google including 4 chief engineers was in Chandigarh to install these towers. Each tower has been installed at strategic location which would provide full WiFi coverage to residential area, internal roads, parks and gardens in that particular sector. Distance from one tower to another tower has also been kept constant throughout the city, so that entire Chandigarh gets proper Wi-Fi signals at all times.
Why Google Chose Chandigarh for their Wi-Fi Project
The CEO of Google, Mr. Sundar Pichai who is an Indian and visited India two months back, pledged to help the Indian Government for making Indian cities Wi-Fi. Since Chandigarh comes under the central government and is a union territory, it was decided that the pilot project of wi-fi cities in India be launched from Chandigarh.
Another reason for choosing Chandigarh is that the city was named by BBC as the most perfect city in the world. So it has to stand up to the expectations, globally. Apart from this, Chandigarh is the most well planned city of India and it is thus easy to install Wi-Fi towers in the city with a range that can cover the entire city.
Google Wi-Fi in Chandigarh: Towers, Speed & Other Details
- Wi-Fi towers have been installed in all major sectors.
- Each tower has a pink coloured flower like structure on the top.
- Wi-Fi range covers each and every corner of Chandigarh.
- The initial speed as of now is 32 Mbps.
- The speed would soon be increased to 64 Mbps in second phase.
- Anyone in Chandigarh will be able to use Google’s Public Wi-Fi by a simple registration process. (For details see “How to Use Google Public Wi-Fi in Chandigarh” section below).
- It is Absolutely FREE.
Other Wi-Fi Cities in India
Wi-Fi zones have come up in many Indian cities in the recent past. Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata lead the list of Wi-Fi cities in India. However, world’s longest free Wi-Fi zone has been set up in Patna.
Google is also working to bring Free Wi-Fi to over 100 railway stations in India. The facility has already been launched by Google in New Delhi & Mumbai railway stations. However, the Chandigarh Railway station has been covered under the “Google Wi-Fi City” project which has been launched in Chandigarh.
Chandigarh is the first city of India which has entirely become Wi-Fi.
How to use Google’s Free Wi-Fi in Chandigarh
The first condition to use Free High-Speed Public Wi-Fi in Chandigarh is that you should have a Wi-Fi enabled device (laptop, smartphone, tab) and you should be within the city of Chandigarh or surrounding areas of Panchkula, Mohali, Zirakpur, Kharar etc. (where Google Wi-Fi range is coming).
The second condition is that you should be registered to use Google Wi-Fi. Registration is easy and absolutely free.
Here’s a step by step procedure about how to register and use Free Wi-Fi in Chandigarh
Registration can be done in two ways – through an email and through a text message.
In order to register yourself for free Wi-Fi in Chandigarh, go to your email and click to compose a new message. Type “April Fool” and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For registration through SMS, compose a new text message by typing “April Fool” and send it to +91-9988224423. (You can even send a What’s app message on this number).
Wait for a reply. Once registered, you’ll be able to connect to Google’s Free Public Wi-Fi in Chandigarh. Here’s how to connect:
- Turn on Wi-Fi for your device.
- Search for available networks.
- You’ll see a network named “April Fool”.
- Click on that and when it asks for a password, type “Hahaha”.
Do we need to say more?
Yes we are left with one thing and i.e.
HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY, CHANDIGARH !!
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