The DoT (department of telecom) aims to roll out 10,000 WiFi hotspots all over the nation in the forthcoming month. This follows after the success of its public Wi-Fi program that provided 600 access points.
“The plan is to initially launch it and improve as we move on. We anticipate to roll out 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots when we introduce it next month, and expand to 100,000 in the initial 3 Months,” claimed Aruna Sundararajan, telecom secretary, to the media in an interview.
Currently, users depend more on mobile network data in comparison to Wi-Fi to roam around on the Internet. The determined “Public Open Wi-Fi” project plans to increase the employment of Wi-Fi by providing affordable connectivity of Internet to users in tier-3 and 2 cities of the country.
In October last year, the pilot project was carried out to verify interoperability between Wi-Fi networks and test the system. The outcome of the pilot rolled out by TRAI from 603 access points displays that 96.3% of consumers discovered the system friendly. The report also showed that data employment in public Wi-Fi programs was most on Saturdays, Fridays, and Tuesdays.
“On the infra provisioning alone, this initiative will absolutely produce 500,000 jobs,” Sundararajan claimed. “Moreover, users who can get into sachetisations and content creation are also important.” The idea of Wi-Fi delivery to huge swathes of the people is via PDOs (public data office providers). PDOs are similar to the PCOs that linked all of the country. This is expected to motivate small businesses to turn out to be PDOs through easy registration.
On a similar note, the highest decision-making entity in the telecom industry, Telecom Commission, will take up the concluding draft of the upcoming net neutrality and telecom policy for approval in the next discussions by the end of the month.