Source: News Bharati English10 Jan 2017 11:04:34
Mumbai, January 10: Mumbaikars! A good news for all of you all as Maharashtra government has taken a step forward to provide free internet services to the people through wifi. Therefore, the state government on Monday has launched India’s largest public WiFi service called 'MumbaiWifi' in Mumbai.
The facility, inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai has initially provided 500 Wifi hotspots across various locations like Vidhan Bhawan, Kalanagar in Bandra, Bombay High Court and Mumbai Police Commissioner’s office. This is the largest free public Wi-Fi project of its nature in India.
Describing the decision as an important step for digital empowerment, Fadnavis on this occasion informed that that the during the trial period last week about 23000 users across the city signed up and downloaded more than 2 TB of data. He also informed about government’s commitment to provide 1200 WiFi hotspots by 1st May this year.
The government now is using the state-run MTNL's network for free internet. The free network lasts for either 1GB of data (offered at 20Mbps) or 30 minutes, whichever is hit first. Well it's a major development for people in Mumbai, who also have free Wi-Fi access at some railway stations. Google, in partnership with RailTel, rolled out free Wi-Fi at 100 railway stations in India last year, and plans to expand it to 100 more railway stations this year, and another 200 railway stations in the years to come.
The list of the 500 locations is being uploaded on government portal ‘Aaple Sarkar’. The hotspot coverage area will reflect in users WiFi list as ‘Aaple_Sarkar_Mum-Wifi’. It will ask users’ mobile number to complete the log-in process and once it is entered, the user will receive an OTP (One-Time Password). After entering the OTP, the user will be connected to the internet.
The government’s mega-project to turn Mumbai into a "Wi-Fi city" was announced in August last year. At the time, the BJP government had aimed to switch on Wi-Fi at 500 hotspots by November.