First city in the country Banglore in five regions CMH Road in Indira Nagar, upscale residential-cum-shopping area, Shanti Nagar, Yeshwantpur, and Koramangala to launch a free public Wi-Fi facility known as India’s infotech capital. Offers free connectivity of 512kbps for 30 minutes every 24 hours to any single Wi-fi-enabled device, a laptop, mobile phone or tablet.
This facility available through powerful routers installed in particular areas where 2,000 people can concurrently use this facility without affecting the speed.
The “Namma Wi-fi” facility was a budget promise by chief minister P.C. Siddaramiah and has launched by the state infotech department association with D-Vois Broadband Pvt Ltd, a city-based firm.
State infotech minister S.R. Patil said the facility would gradually be expanded to 10 more spots in Bangalore and to other Karnataka cities and towns such as Mysore, Mangalore and Hubli-Dharwad.
There are two modes of connecting to Namma Wi-fi. First way is through an Android app. Second opening your browser, which will automatically go to the Namma Wi-fi page where you can enter your mobile phone number and receive a pass code as a text message” said, Jagadish Shenoy, director (operations) of D-Vois.
Once a user enters this pass code into the page, he or she can go online for 30 minutes on that particular device.
Within weeks, iOS and Windows phone apps are likely to be launched for devices on those platforms.
Director with Manipa Group Mr.T.V.Mohandas Pai, says, the idea of free Wi-fi at public spaces was unlikely by the Karnataka Information and Communication Technology Group (KIG-2020). Bangalore got first opportunity soon this will extend to cities like Calcutta, Delhi and Mumbai.
Pai added, “It’s easy to install and not much expensive providing free Wi-fi hotspots in public places across the country for telecom service providers who already have fiber-optic networks which encourage tech users and attract tourists very well.”