The people in Delhi will have the privilege of using free Wi-Fi in Delhi soon. That is the promise we have got from Delhi Government. The questions however are many – when will this promise be fulfilled, who would be the beneficiary, what would be the internet speed, what will be the limit to the volume, et al. These issues are getting clearer now.
The Government in Delhi has proposed to provide free Wi-Fi usage up to a limit of 1 GB per month at the minimum speed of 1 MBPS (MB per second). The information is given by Ashish Khetan, Vice Chairman of Delhi Dialogue Commission. While speaking on Wireless Broadband Vision Forum at FICCI at New Delhi, he further clarified that the free service would be provided in phases. In the first phase, free Wi-Fi will be made available within a period of one year to all the colleges – private and Government. In the second phase, the free service would be extended to the people from rural areas. In the third phase however the facility would be available to rest of the populace including the unauthorised colonies. Incidentally, there are around 275 rural and urban villages which do not have access of internet facility in the capital.
Khetan disclosed that the Government of Delhi does not want to own any infrastructure facility, nor does it want to run any infrastructure of the services. The task would be taken up by companies that have developed the requisite expertise in this regard. The Government would spend on the operational expenditure module, which would mean paying according to actual usage. Let us now see how this experiment of providing free internet access through Wi-Fi works.
Compiler : Syed Zafar Ahmad
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