Government working on providing free Wi-Fi services: PM
A proposal to initiate the free Wi-Fi services in the country has been submitted to the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) and officials are working on it, according to the foreign minister and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa spokesperson, Dr Tandi Dorji.
With the objective of narrowing the gap, DNT had promised to establish free Wi-Fi access points and allow free hosting of local content during the election campaign. The government had pledged to narrow the digital divide by enabling communications and accessing online information.
Lyonpo Dr Tandi Dorji said that the government’s pledges are not difficult to implement but to provide free Wi-Fi would require a little more time and the Cabinet has already discussed on this proposal.
Meanwhile Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering at Meet the PM yesterday said that all the pledges are aligned with the individual ministries. “We will see all the possible ways to implement them as soon as possible.”
Lyonchhen also added that the 12th Year Plan approved by the Gross National Happiness Commission on Thursday includes all the pledges.
“Establishment of free Wi-Fi had been assigned and people have started working on it,” said Lyonchhen.
However, the Department of Information Technology and Telecom Director General, Jigme Thinley Namgyal, said that the department has not received any proposal from the Cabinet.
DNT included free access, 24/7, to all online data within the country – BBS, online shopping, websites browsing and document downloading
– by installing intranet technology in its 25 pledges to be completed in 120 days.
The DNT pledge stated that DNT will allow free access to all in-country online content including public services, entertainment and other multimedia by establishing free Wi-Fi service. It mentioned that free Wi-Fi will make in-country data freely available within the country which will promote online services of any type within the country and also help generate local content and services.
It also mentioned that network can actually boost online public services like G2C, B2B and B2C, making the systems more efficient and easy for citizens.