The Indian government plans to set up free Wi-Fi connectivity by June 2015 at chosen public places within the country’s top 25 cities that hold over 10 lakh population. Country’s top 25 cities having population more than 10 lakh are to get this Wi-Fi connectivity that is scheduled to be completed by next year June, says a source close to the matter.
The task is part of the Digital India program of the government aiming to give Wi-Fi connectivity access to all cities in the country that hold over 1 million population and also to tourist destinations by end of December 2015. According to sources, the government is to empanel three to four Wi-Fi service providers for speeding up with the roll out of Wi-Fi service in all the selected cities of the country by next June. The Wi-Fi services are said to be made available in chosen public places within these cities.
The government has given three months time to the telecom firms for completing the task of rolling out the Wi-Fi services from the time they accept the purchase order. It is learnt that the project is jointly worked by the Ministry of Urban Development and the Department of Telecom.
The government for this network roll out is to facilitate required permissions from local authorities. Already 25 archaeological monuments have been separately identified and allocated by the government for providing free Wi-Fi access.
The monuments listed are Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Taj Mahal, Delhi Qutub Complex, Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur Sikri Sravasti and Sarnath, Leh Palace and Martand Temple in J&K, Vaishali-Kohua in Bihar, Odisha Konark Temple, Mandu and Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, Rang Ghar in Assam, Rani-ki Vav Gujarat and Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram.
The source also reports that the idea behind this project is to provide connectivity to all people including foreign tourists in order to stay connected. Moreover, these Wi-Fi spots are to reduce the telecom networks traffic burden ensuring smooth connectivity to all people in India.
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