Digital India: Modi plans free high speed Wi-Fi in 2500 cities

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to digitalize India will soon be a reality. The Modi government has dedicated itself to slog guts out to set India on its way to technological development.

The BJP government has come up with a plan to provide free high-speed Wi-Fi in 2,500 different towns and cities across India within three years. The program requires an investment of up to Rs 7,000 crore and will be carried out by the government’s telecom operator BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd).

However, this free service will be limited to a set period, and once that is over one would have to pay for further access.

The cities that are a sure shot for availing the services include metro cities like Kolkata, Chennai, Lucknow, Dehradun, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Bhopal, Jaipur, Patna, Indore, Chandigarh and Ludhiana.

This scheme is similar to the services offered at airports and other privately owned operators. But looking at the brighter side, those who already own a BSNL or MTNL connection, the switch-over to Wi-Fi will be quite similar to roaming with reasonable costs once the free access to Wi-Fi time period is over.

“The services will be available in the next fiscal year (2015-16), and we intend to offer these services to subscribers of all mobile operators,” said Anupam Shrivastava, BSNL chairman, and managing director.

Modi government’s target to ‘Digital India’ initiative is for increasing the Internet infiltration across the nation. Keeping that aside, this move is also been viewed by market experts as a stratagem to bring back BSNL and MTNL, which suffered a massive loss of about Rs 7,000 crore in the financial year 2013-14.

We are hoping to get the free Wi-Fi services as soon as possible. For who doesn’t enjoy the taste of free Wi-Fi, even if it’s for a slight amount of time.

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