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Government to Install 7.5 Lakh Public Hotspots Thus Driving Wi-Fi Market

Posted on: Nov-2017 | By: 9Dimen Group | Electronics

The government has made a decision to offer a huge push to Wi-Fi deployment all over the breadth and length of the nation and will ease the installing of almost 7.5 Lakh communal-Internet hotpots by the end of 2018. This move of the government will power the Wi-Fi market in India.

The introduction, mainly aimed at offering high-speed Internet in rural and semi-urban regions, will be carried out by private providers such as Airtel, Reliance Jio, Idea Cellular, Vodafone, and state-controlled BSNL, apart from Internet service operators (ISPs), claimed Aruna Sundararajan, the Telecom Secretary, to the media in an interview.

"The thought is to allow digital-development and e-governance initiatives via provision of affordable and high-speed infrastructure for Internet," Sundararajan claimed to the media here while speaking of this decision last week.

Wi-Fi, while being a spine of digital infrastructure all over various nations, has witnessed a lackluster development in India with just almost 31,000 hotspots last year. In contrast, top ranking nations such as the U.S., France, and the U.K. had considerably higher numbers at 98 Lakh, 1.3 Crore, and 56 Lakh hotspots, respectively.

Sundararajan claimed that with the setting up of optic fiber network all over GPs 9 gram panchayats), the main resource for installing Wi-Fi hotspots will be in position. "We have crossed 75,000 GPs by now, and the system is installed there. Our aim is to cross 1 Lakh GPs by December 2017."

The telecom ministry, which will emerge out with a contract on kick starting the rollout of mega Wi-Fi, has also called in a high-stage meeting of main representatives from different governments of state to work out ways for digital catering of services in segments such as education, health, and rural growth.

The telecom secretary claimed that while telecom firms have been introducing out faster networks of 4G all over the nation, many of these are sluggish to reach rural regions. "We aim to speed up the high-speed introduction in semi-urban and rural via Wi-Fi."

The government needs to have 3 Wi-Fi hotspots for every GP, and is planning to offer 1 GB of data for every panchayat.