New Delhi, December 9: The central government will set up a public Wi-Fi system across the country to provide a wireless internet connection to citizens. A proposal to set up PM Wi-Fi Access Network Interface or PM-WANI in the country was passed on Wednesday in Union Cabinet's meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The government will also open public data centres in the country. Metro Rail Network From Noida City Centre to Sector-62 Gets Cabinet Nod, Uttar Pradesh Population to Largely Benefit.

"Cabinet has taken a decision to launch PM- Wi-Fi Access Network Interface-to unleash a massive Wi-Fi network in the country. Public data centres will be opened in the country. There will be no licence, fee or registration for it," Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told a press conference after the Union Cabinet's meeting. '5G Holds Huge Promise for India; Collaboration, Identifying Suitable Use Cases Key'.

All About PM-WANI:

This Public Wi-Fi Access Network Interface will be known as PM-WANI. PM-WANI eco-system will be operated by different players as described herein under:

  • Public Data Office (PDO): It will establish, maintain, and operate only WANI compliant Wi-Fi Access Points and deliver broadband services to subscribers.
  • Public Data Office Aggregator (PDOA): It will be an aggregator of PDOs and perform the functions relating to Authorization and Accounting.
  • App Provider: It will develop an App to register users and discover WANI compliant Wi-Fi hotspots in the nearby area and display the same within the App for accessing the internet service.
  • Central Registry: It will maintain the details of App Providers, PDOAs, and PDOs. To begin with, the Central Registry will be maintained by C-DoT.

"COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated delivery of stable and high-speed Broadband Internet (data) services to an increasingly large number of subscribers in the country including areas which do not have 4G mobile coverage. This can be achieved by deployment of Public Wi-Fi," the government said.

"No license fee for providing broadband internet services using public Wi-Fi hotspots will massively encourage its proliferation and penetration across the length and breadth of the country," it added. The Union Cabinet also approved the provision of submarine optical fibre cable connectivity between the mainland (Kochi) and Lakshadweep Islands, and 4G connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh and some districts of Assam.

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