Bangalore, Aug. 12: Bangalore is in line to possibly become India’s first fully Wi-fi-enabled city in a year, Karnataka’s IT minister said today.
The initiative marks a leap over another milestone the country’s technology capital achieved this January when it became one of the few cities in the world to offer free Wi-fi in some public places such as commercial centres.
“The success of free Wi-fi has enthused us to give full coverage to our city, which is the undisputed leader in information technology in the country,” minister S.R. Patil told a news conference.
Under the plan, which Patil said could take shape by August 2015, the Internet service would come for a nominal fee in most areas.
Srivatsa Krishna, the state’s IT secretary, said six wireless networking companies had shown interest in executing the project. “After evaluating them, we will make sure the city gets the best Wi-fi coverage in keeping with its IT City tag,” said Krishna.
After the January launch of the free service in some areas, the facility was expanded to other parts of the state, mostly to business hubs and bus terminals. The facility allows even those without Internet plans on their cellphones to access the Internet. But the service is not unlimited, with the cap per user fixed at 30 minutes for every 24 hours.