Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is planning to launch 10,000 WiFi hotspots across the country in thecoming month. The telecom department has already installed 600 WiFi hotspots in the country.
Aruna Sundararajan, Telecom Secretary, in an official statement said, “The idea is to launch it first and refine as we go. We expect to launch 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots when we launch it next month and scale up to a 100,000 in the first three months.”
As of now, users in the country relies more on mobile data to use the internet. However, fluctuating data speeds makes it difficult for many to access the internet. This iswhat DoT wants to change by introducing ‘Public Open WiFi’ project that will enable fluid internet connectivity at dirt cheap prices, especially, in tier 2 and tier 3 cities in India.
“On the infra provisioning (people who set up paid public Wi-Fi access points) alone, this project will definitely create 500,000 entrepreneurs. In addition, people who can get into content creation and sachetisations (sell .`1 and .`3 internet packs), etc., is also significant,” Sundararajan added.
The pilot project was introduced in October 2017 to test the system and interoperability between WiFi networks. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in a recent report highlights that the data collected from 603 access points shows that 96.3 percent of users found the system friendly. The concept of the new project is based upon the Public Data Office providers or PDOs, which basically provide data services to the users instead of calling services.