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Public Wi-Fi Networks

  • IASbaba
  • December 11, 2020
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Public Wi-Fi Networks

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Policies and Interventions & GS-III – Infrastructure

In news

  • The government has given its approval for setting up of Public Wi-Fi Networks by Public Data Office Aggregators (PDOAs) to provide public Wi-Fi service through Public Data Offices (PDOs) spread across the country to accelerate proliferation of Broadband Internet services through Public Wi-Fi network.

Key takeaways

  • This Public Wi-Fi Access Network Interface will be known as PM-WANI.
  • PM-WANI eco-system will be operated by different players:
    • Public Data Office (PDO): It will establish, maintain, and operate only WANI compliant Wi-Fi Access Points and deliver broadband services to subscribers.
    • Public Data Office Aggregator (PDOA): It will be an aggregator of PDOs and perform the functions relating to Authorization and Accounting.
    • App Provider: It will develop an App to register users and discover WANI compliant Wi-Fi hotspots in the nearby area and display the same within the App for accessing the internet service.
    • Central Registry: It will maintain the details of App Providers, PDOAs, and PDOs. The Central Registry will be maintained by C-DoT.
  • No registration would be required for PDOs.
  • PDOAs and App Providers will get themselves registered with DoT through online registration portal (SARALSANCHAR) of DoT, without paying any registration fee.
  • There shall be no license fee for providing Broadband Internet through these public Wi-Fi networks.
  • The proposal will promote the growth of Public Wi-Fi Networks in the country.
  • It will help in proliferation of Broadband Internet, enhancement of income and employment and empowerment of people.

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