Saturday, July 23, 2016

Public Wi Fi Hotspots

India has only 31,000 plus Wi Fi  Hotspots while UK has 56 lakhs, France 130 lakhs and USA 98 lakhs Wi Fi Hotspots. Wi Fi cost per MB of data use is about 10 times cheaper than 2G/3G/4G . Wi Fi frees up costly mobile data spectrum space  as it uses free spectrum space. It is interoperable , ie its use is not limited to Vodafone or Airtel etc SIM cards.Most importantly, it lowers down the barrier to internet access for the poorer sections - much like the pre-mobile days when people went to PCO booths if they didn't have personal landlines.

In order, therefore, to break the digital barrier, we are trying to create a lot of Wi Fi hotspots in New Town. IIT Kharagpur has made an interesting design which I liked (see pic below) and I am asking telecom service providors including BSNL as well as corporates such as Power Grid Corporation etc to see if they can set up few prototype Wi Fi Hotspots in any of the 76 identified locations of New Town. The locations are bus stands, parks, universities, markets, IT Zones, Eco Park etc.

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Khabar 365 dt 23 July 2016

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