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Union cabinet clears plan to create all-India public Wi-Fi service

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On 9 December, the Union Cabinet approved a plan to create a public Wi-Fi service network across India.

It is called PM-WANI (Wi-Fi Access Network Interface). In this scheme, Public Data Office Aggregators (PDOAs) will provide public Wi-Fi service through Public Data Offices (PDOs).

There would be no licence fee for providing broadband internet through these public Wi-Fi networks.

No registration is required for PDOs. However, PDOAs and app providers should register with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

Spreading broadband services through public Wi-Fi service is a step towards digital India, as per the government. It will aid in getting the internet to places even with no mobile networks as well as boost business.

Mobile coverage

During the same meeting, the Cabinet also approved a scheme to provide mobile coverage in Arunachal Pradesh and two districts of Assam (Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao). The project aims to provide mobile coverage to 2,374 villages which do not have mobile networks.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how important Wi-Fi service and the internet are as people are working or studying from home.

As India’s internet usage increases, Reliance has also announced that Jio 5G service will be launched in India in the second half of 2021.


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