Mum­bai en­ters pub­lic Wi-Fi era with 1,200 hotspots

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ndia’s pub­lic Wi-Fi network, and the Wi-Fi sys­tem in the world, with 1,200 ded­i­cated hotspots across the city. Dur­ing the trial pe­riod be­tween 2nd & 8th Jan­uary, around 23,000 users signed up in Mum­bai and down­loaded more than 2TB (Ter­abyte) data, it is a ma­jor as­pect of dig­i­tal em­pow­er­ment in the state of Ma­ha­rash­tra and now it is us­ing up to 515 ter­abyte down­loads, with 35 lakh ac­tive users at present,” Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary Vi­jay Ku­mar Gau­tam said.

The Ma­ha­rash­tra In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Cor­po­ra­tion (MITC) has col­lab­o­rated with Hewlett- Packard and Fortinet for the tech­ni­cal as­pects. The Ma­hana­gar Tele­phone Nigam is the band­width provider and Larsen & Toubro is the sys­tems in­te­gra­tor. Prior to this, Mum­bai en­tered the pub­lic Wi-Fi era with hotspots at cer­tain im­por­tant rail­way sta­tions for com­muters, while some pri­vate lo­ca­tions like malls, cine­mas, restau­rants, ho­tels of­fered lim­ited free Wi-Fi ac­cess to their pa­trons. “It is nec­es­sary to build ‘Hu­man Cap­i­tal’ along with Smart City as we re­quire con­nec­tiv­ity with hearts rather than fly­overs in fu­ture,” ob­served Vi­jay Ku­mar Gau­tam, Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Depart­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra Govern­ment.

“Mum­bai cit­i­zens are now ex­pe­ri­enc­ing free high-speed in­ter­net via the free Wi-Fi ser­vices of­fered by var­i­ous like Rail­way Sta­tions, Google, politi­cians at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions. Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (DIT) has big­ger plans to get more than 1,700 in 2017 which will be charged af­ter first 45 min­utes for the first user. It is un­lim­ited for us­ing the G2C ser­vices. The speed of get­ting new lo­ca­tions with free In­ter­net ser­vices seems like the 4G in­ter­net speed on Wi-Fi at rail­way sta­tions and looks like within the next few years ev­ery rail­way sta­tion and ma­jor pub­lic lo­ca­tion will have this ser­vice. Not all Wi-Fi will last long. Still few re­li­able like on Mum­bai Rail­way Sta­tions should be and are good for the Mum­bai peo­ple right.”

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