India’s Biggest WiFi Push: 1 Crore WiFi Data Centres Will Be Created, No License Needed To Start
In one of the biggest push for WiFi internet, PM Modi led BJP Govt has declared that 1 crore WiFi data centres will be established across India.
And the best part is, anyone can open a data center, and start offering WiFi to the users. There will be no license needed
But how will this work out?
PM WANI: 1 Crore WiFi Data Centres Across India
Govt has now approved an ambitious project called PM-WANI or PM-Wifi Access Network of India.
Under this project, there will be 1 crore WiFi data centers across the length and breadth of India.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced this to the nation.
A statement from the Cabinet of Ministers stated, “The proposal will promote the growth of public Wi-Fi networks in the country and, in turn, will help in proliferation of broadband internet, enhancement of income and employment and empowerment of people,
How Will This Work Out?
Before mobile came in, there used to PCO (Public Communication Office) booths across India, where anyone can go and make a call to any number. The service charges were determined based on the pulse rate, and the duration of the call.
The owner of the PCO made a commission as well.
The same model will be deployed for opening up of 1 crore WiFi data centers, which are being called as Public Data Office (PDO).
Say, a village kid who is not able to access mobile network, can simply go near such PDO, and start downloading content, by paying a fee for the data used.
The rate of this data access will not be determined by the Govt, and there will be no license requirement as well.
Anyone can simply apply for opening a new PDO, and the approval will be granted in a week.
Other components of this system will be Public Data Office Aggregator (PDOA), app provider and central registry.
As per the plan, this will also generate thousands of new jobs, across the nation.
We will keep you updated, as more details come in.