Bangluru is going to become the first city in Karnataka to offer free wifi to all 198 wards of the city. The Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara announced on the 22nd of September 2018, the city of Bangaluru would get free wifi in the next six months.
Touted to be the first of its kind in the country, the Namma Wifi (802.11N) will provide residents to use smart-phones, tablets, netbooks, laptops and other mobile devices that will connect to the internet in a seamless manner when they are around M.G. Road and Brigade Road in downtown or at Shantinagar or Yeshwantpur bus terminals and at upscale Indiranagar in the city’s eastern suburb.
According to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Tax and Finance Committee Chairman M Mahadev,” Free Wi-Fi will be provided to people with the State Government’s assistance in setting up 400 hotspots across the city, our offices, and bus stands.”
Free Wifi was launched in Govindaraja Nagar on a pilot basis, by Reliance JIO providing an internet facility in a 3Km radius.
So the real question would be how does free Wifi work?
- The residents will get to use free Wifi for only 30 minutes after which the user will then have to pay a rental fee as per the tariff finalized by the TRAI.
- The users will be asked to enter their phone number to receive an OTP. One the user enters the OTP, the 30 minutes free Wifi will starts.
- Usage of the internet, however, will be limited to only three hours per day or up to 50 MB of data per user along with a speed of 512 kbps
There are also some huge advantages to it as well. The free Wifi comes along with some apps too. Soon to be active will be the parking app, the garbage app and the likes. The parking app can show the nearest slot for parking and the garbage app would tell you the nearest garbage throwaway point.
Bangalore being the youngest city filled with numerous startups, young entrepreneurs, especially those creating cool apps, would use this space of free Wifi as an opportunity for their little startup to ‘click’.