Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal declared on Wednesday that his government is launching free Wi-Fi from 16 December across Delhi. The first 100 hot spots will start on 16 December and additional 500 wifi hot spots will be added each week. Free WiFi in Delhi was a major polling promise in AAP Manifesto in 2015’s Assembly elections.
Check : List of Wifi Hotspots in Delhi
Salient Features of Free Wifi in Delhi
- On 16 December, the first 100 hot spots will open.
- 500 hot spots will be opened for public each week.
- 22 lakh users will be able to use it at the same time.
- A maximum of 11,000 hot spots to be set up in phase 1
- The system will work according on a rental based model.
- The overall construction cost will amount to approximately 100 crore.
Speed and Data in Delhi’s Free Wifi
- People can find Wi-Fi within vicinity of every 500 meters in the city.
- For a distance of 100 meters, the hotspot connection will be active.
- An estimated speed of between 100-150 Mbps will be there in Delhi’s Free Wifi.
- Each hotspot is able to be used by 150-200 users at the same time.
- A free data limit of 15 GB per month will be set for each user per day.
- The average speed of the connection is 200 Mbps
How can I login into Free WIfi
- An App (mobile application) has been developed allowing users to fill in KYC information and use OTPs obtained for registration purposes.
- If a user switches from one hotspot area to another, WLAN will not be disconnected.
Areas where Free Wifi will be available initially
- Kashmere Gate Metro station
- ITO bus stand
- Mandi House bus stand
- Delhi Secretariat
- Indraprashtha Metro station
- Adarsh Nagar
- Moti Nagar
Kejriwal stated that on 16 December the first 100 hot spots are to be started which are to be added every week by 500 hot spots. An app will be launched which will allow users to connect with Wifi upon verifying their KYC information. After this, the Wi-Fi connection is activated by an OTP on the mobile phone and moreover if the user moves from a hot spot to another, the Internet will not be disconnected. In the first phase, by September 2020, up to 11,000 hot spots will be built. 4,000 of these would be in bus stations, and 7,000 would be in market sites and residential colonies.
Of the 7,000, 100 spots will be in each of the 70 constituencies. Kashmere Gate ISBT and Metro station, ITO bus stop, Mandi House bus stop, Delhi Secretariat and Indraprashtha Metro station will be places where this pilot project will set up first. Among residential areas, Moti Nagar, Seemapuri, Adarsh Nagar, Badali and shahdara will be the first electoral districts to receive Free Wifi facility.
Each user will receive up to 1.5GB of data every day and is set to the monthly 15GB limit. The average speeds vary from 100 to 150 Mbps, with congested areas up to 200 Mbps internet.
Free Wifi project is being implemented under the “rent model,” where the private connecting company will be paid each month on a “per hot spot” basis. In the future, the government plans to use the Wi-Fi to link all its CCTV cameras.