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Wi-Fi fury

Airtel recently launched Wi-Fi services in Mumbai. It has set up hot spots at locations like Cha Bar at Oxford bookstore, Bombay Gymkhana, Café Mocha outlets, Khyber, Indigo, Jewel of India, and Café Royal.

Airtel plans to expand its hotspot range to Olive Bar, Rodas, and the chain of Bombay Blues restaurants, in Mumbai and to then move on to Delhi and Bangalore. Airtel hopes to further its services to airports and hotel lobbies that at present see an increasing need for wireless bandwidth.

Airtel chose Mumbai as the starting point for its Wi-Fi service because it is the financial capital of the country and sees a large number of visitors as per Jayant Khosla, CEO, Bharti Cellular, Mumbai Circle. "Airtel Wi-Fi service is all set to significantly enhance the productivity of all our customers by enabling them to be online while on the move," he said.

Airtel's Wi-Fi services are likely to find a special appeal amongt roaming Airtel customers and business professionals who would like to stay connected to their offices and mail through high speed Internet. To entice first-time customers the company has announced a free trial offer for three months.

- Mumbai Bureau

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