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Mumbai launches free Wi-Fi

Mumbai launches free Wi-Fi

The launch of free Wi-Fi in several metro cities has been one of the most anticipated moves.

As the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections are approaching, the Maharashtra government launched their ‘MumbaiWifi’ facility.

This is the first phase of the program.

In this phase, 500 Wi-Fi hotspots went live across the city of Mumbai tweeted Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis.

MumbaiWifi is the largest public Wi-Fi service of India and it stands among one of the biggest all over the world.

It covers many prominent places of Mumbai like the office of the Commissioner of Police, Vidhan Bhawan, Kalanagar in Bandra, Bombay High Court and many more suburbs.

Fadnavis has always focused on digitization of places since 2014.

He is also planning to connect all gram panchayats in the state.

The Maharashtra government is aiming to have 1200 active free Wi-Fi hotspots from May 1.

The first phase of the plan will monitor the progress related to connectivity and speed.

The trial run for the Wi-Fi happened from January 2 to 8. During this time, more than 2 TB of data was downloaded by Mumbaikars.

The test ran was used by about 23,000 users across the city.

Maharashtra managed to launch the free Wi-Fi program before Delhi. In 2015, one of the biggest promises by Arvind Kejriwal and AAP was free Wi-Fi.

There were reports that more than 500 locations across East Delhi will get high-speed Wi-Fi by the end of 2016. The high speed internet would come with a daily limit.

Ashish Khetan, vice-chairman of Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) of Delhi said that the government is ready to lay down a common fiber-optic network across the city for high-speed internet.

The project planned by the Delhi government would be the largest of its kind in the world.

There are 571 pre-identified locations with each having 1,000 hotspot zones.

Each hotspot zone will have three access points that can provide Wi-Fi to around 120 people at a time, said Ashish Khetan.

However, the free Wi-Fi scheme is yet to start in Delhi.

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