Govt to launch app for easy access to public Wi-Fi

  • October 24, 2018 11:16 PM

The department of telecommunication will launch a mobile application which would enable single click access to any public Wi-Fi hotspot in the country through one time login and authentication at the India mobile congress on Thursday.

This is the government app to offer cheaper and faster internet to users. Motive of this app is to provide faster internet compared to mobile data and also boost the proliferation of public Wi-Fi hotspots in the country. Government has made a national digital communication policy for this and get approved by the Union cabinet last month. Additionally this would also enable offloading of mobile data traffic on to Wi-Fi networks, thereby easing net-work congestion in high density areas which could also potentially reduce the menace of call drops.

the app has been designed in a way that a user can get on-board the public Wi-Fi network through one-time authentication and does not have to repeat the entire process for accessing the next Wi-Fi hotspot. The design also ensures back end inter-operability between telecom service providers which means that if I am a mobile customer of a particular operator, I could seamlessly access Wi-Fi hotspots run by other operators as well, “a person aware of the development said requesting anonymity. The government, in the national digital communication policy, has targeted development of 5 million public Wi-Fi hotspots by 2020 and 10 million by 2022 through a national Broadband Mission apart from implementing a Fibre First Initiative to take fibre to the home.

These new public Wi-Fi hotspots would ride on BharatNet, earlier called the National Optical Fibre Network, which is the government’s plan to connect 250,000 gram panchayats with rural broadband. The government has already completed laying optical fibre across 100,000 gram panchayats in the first phase and aims to complete the second phase by March 2019 when it will connect an additional 150,000 gram panchayats with the help of private sector participation.

Private operators are also expected to launch combo offers for users to access data on mobile as well as at the hotspots run by them. They have agreed to cooperate at the backend so that public Wi-Fi kicks off in a big way,” a second person aware of the development said requesting anonymity.

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