Taking a step closer towards smart city, citizens to get free wi-fi.
There might be no free lunch in life but Amdavadis are all set to enjoy free wi-fi service, albeit at selected places. Taking a step towards making Ahmedabad a smart city, free wi-fi services were launched at a few public places in the city on Wednesday.
Amdavadis can now access free wi-fi internet at a bandwidth of 30-40 Mbps bandwidth within 80-100 meters by Reliance Jio. The inauguration of the service was done on the Kankaria lakefront by chief minister Narendra Modi through video conferencing on Wednesday on the occasion of Ahmedabad’s 603rd birthday.
Under the e-nagar project, seven locations in the city have been made wi-fi enabled. The bandwidth of the internet, though much higher than 3G speed, is not 4G, said sources in the industry. Officials in the AMC, however, insisted that it is 4G. For the first three months, the service will be free for citizens, after which it will be chargeable.
Speaking to dna, an AMC official said: “Apart from Kankaria, public places like Sabarmati Ashram, Science City, ISCON Ganthia, BJ Medical College and other public places will be included.” The plan is to include 122 public places of the city, including railway station, bus stands and gardens within a year.
But what about security? State government, AMC and Reliance officials were unmoved. “One can access internet at the state locations. All one needs to do is select the wi-fi network, register their mobile number for a One Time Password (OTP) and after entering the password, one can access the internet,” said an AMC official. The project will be carried out on public-private-partnership (PPP) model and the revenue would be shared by AMC and Reliance.
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