Google, O-Zone tie up to provide free Wi-Fi access

January 12th, 2012 - 5:16 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) Google and public Wi-Fi provider O-Zone Networks have tied up to provide free Wi-Fi access to customers at select locations.

As part of the deal, all Google+ users will get free and unlimited access to Google+ on the Wi-Fi network at all O-Zone hotspots across the country, a company statement said.

“This joint marketing programme is aimed at encouraging mobile internet usage, and get consumer experiences of Google+ and YouTube on their portable devices while away from work and home,” it said.

The users will also be able to surf YouTube to watch exclusive movie clips and promotions for 10 minutes each week at no charge.

This offer will go live this weekend and will be available for three months pan-India initially at all O-Zone Wi-Fi hotspots, said Sanjeev Sarin, CEO of O-Zone Networks.

O-Zone Networks has established more than 5,000 hotspots across the country where it provides Wi-Fi services.

“With the increasing number of Wi-Fi enabled handheld devices, Wi-Fi hotspots are on a rising trend and appeal to those on the move,” said Sarin.

“This association reinforces the fact that people are now realising the power of Wi-Fi. With India being the fastest growing internet market in the world, people are very conscious of the content they view online,” he said.

According to study by global consulting firm Deloitte, the volume of data uploaded or downloaded from portable devices via public Wi-Fi networks will grow at a much faster rate - 25-50 percent annually — than the volume carried over cellular broadband networks.

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