India’s two major telecom operators, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone have allied for joint venture called FireFly Networks in order to offer WiFi services across the country. The companies are interested in taking onto Reliance Jio which is also in process of rolling out its WiFi services pan India.
As reported by the ET, FireFly is presently looking to get maximum chunk of the WiFi set ups in NDMC areas of Delhi, apart from targeting other state governments’ WiFi plans. Also, the report suggests that FireFly is competing with the Delhi government’s plan to provide Delhi citizens with WiFi facilities.
The news further states that FireFly has done some deployments in Delhi, which are yet to be launched commercially, including deployments in New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) areas like Connaught Place and Khan Market. It would also participate in Indus Towers’ latest NDMC project which would be designed to equip 3,000 street light poles in the entire NDMC area with 2G/3G/4G technologies spread across a span of three years, with an investment of Rs 220 crore.
This joint venture between Airtel and Vodafone reaches out to 400 million subscribers in India.