BT in­tro­duces free WiFi at Paro In­ter­na­tional Air­port

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Tshering from Paro

Bhutan Tele­com (BT) in­tro­duced free pub­lic wifi hotspot at the Paro In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Fri­day.

The De­part­ment of Trans­port Direc­tor, Karma Wangchuk said when tourists first visit the coun­try, the first Bhutanese motto is to pro­vide good ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties for tourists and cit­i­zens trav­el­ling via flight.

The Direc­tor added it is very im­por­tant to have free wifi and charg­ing sta­tion at the air­port as these will help the com­muters es­pe­cially dur­ing emer­gen­cies.

Two wifi ac­cess points (AP) have been es­tab­lished at the de­par­ture ter­mi­nal. Each AP can hold around 300 users with one charg­ing sta­tion and 12 point users.

To in­stall the mo­bile app for quick ac­cess to free in­ter­net, firstly one has to con­nect with the wifi with no se­cu­rity pass­word but they have to up­date per­sonal de­tails like name and pass­port num­ber of the tourist whereas for Bhutanese, ci­ti­zen­ship ID num­ber is needed.

The app con­tains free wifi hotspots in Paro. Us­ing a smart phone, in off­line mode, one can eas­ily find the near­est air­port wifi places.

Pre­vi­ously, BT had in­stalled five wifi hotspots at the Thim­phu re­fer­ral hos­pi­tal, Bhutan Post, city cin­ema, Norzin Lam, and youth vil­lage. The free wifi hotspots would also cater to non-4G users, de­scribed as walk-in cus­tomers and ex­ist­ing BT fixed line broad­band users.

A BT spokesper­son said that free wifi at the air­port has been in­stalled for the in­ter­est of vis­i­tors who will hope­fully be pleased with the ser­vice on ar­rival and de­par­ture.

He added that BT is plan­ning to set up sim­i­lar fea­tures of free wifi at do­mes­tic air­ports, hos­pi­tals and other im­por­tant in­sti­tutes around the coun­try.

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