AAP government in Delhi plans to launch free Wi-Fi service by February next year. During Delhi Election 2015, One of the election manifestos of AAP was to build the national capital as a “Smart City” enabling free Wi-Fi service throughout the city.
Aftermath of Election, AAP government has decided to implement its vows, and according to reports the government will provide free browsing, access to social media, email service and instant messages like WhatsApp. The free Wi-Fi allows the users to watch videos, video chats and download content, although users will be charged.
Delhi government intended to provide an Internet speed of 512 Kbps and there will be an FUP of 50MB per day. However, the government is yet to take a final decision on that regard. The government official says, “We will not fix a time but will restrict bandwidth. The Internet will be charged on the basis of data usage per day. Once the data limit is exhausted, users can avail the service by paying for extra usage. The system will be reset daily.”
The official added,“This will be a first-of-its-kind project to be tested on such a large scale. In Delhi, there are around two crore wireless devices which can access the internet. If, at any point, 25-30 per cent people access the internet, it means 50 lakh users. We can also categorise the content being accessed, which has a big scope for targeted advertising.”
The plans would be executed by the end of this month as the government is mulling over to invite expression of interest from stakeholders for the project. BY the end of July, the allotment procedure would is likely to be finalised. During the first phase of the project, the government has witnessed 1000 place to install Wi-Fi hotspot.
Delhi government is ruminating on an another service to launch the integration of Smart Card for public transportation across Metro, buses, cabs etc. The service allows a person to use his/her smart card for accessing different modes of transport.
The government official conclude by saying,“Delhi has moved to a multi-transport system. We have buses, autos, cabs, metro and the process is to integrate it all together and issue a single card which can be used to access all transport modes. Through this card, one can pay in the metro, bus and even pay for parking and toll taxes.”