Maharashtra’s Remote Village Latur Gets Free Wi-Fi Connection As Part Of Smart Village Concept

by Suchismita Pal
Maharashtra’s Remote Village Latur Gets Free Wi-Fi Connection As Part Of Smart Village Concept

Latur, a remote village in Maharashtra has become the first such village to get a free Wi-Fi connection as part of a smart village concept. This initiative brings relief to students of the village hoping to attend online classes without network issues. Block Development Officer (BDO) Manoj Raut revealed that with free internet access, unnecessary sites are blocked.  It’s not just students but even housewives who are benefitted from this. They earlier had no option but to depend on their husbands for internet access using hotspots. Latur village also has 12 sound speakers to relay prayers, religious songs and news bulletins. This is a wonderful initiative to make Latur into a smart village.

India To Get Massive Network Of Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

Imagine, you’re travelling, and suddenly you need to send an urgent e-mail. And at the very moment, your internet connection ditches you. More or less, all of us have been through this problem. But we might soon be able to bid goodbye to these internet woes. The country will soon get a massive network of public Wi-Fi hotspots. The government is planning to set up 1 crore data centres to launch an extensive Wi-Fi network in India which will be called PM-WANI ( Prime Minister WiFi Access Network Interface). Reportedly, there won’t be any licence, registration fee or any other fees for it. The various bodies that will run the PM-WANI eco-system include Public Office Data ( PDO), Public Office Data Aggregator ( PDOA), App Provider and Central Registry. Meanwhile, these parents named their baby after Wi-Fi company and got 18 years of free internet.

Massive Network Of Public Wi-Fi
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A Massive Wi-Fi Network To Be Launched In India That Won’t Require Any Registration Fee

The government of India is planning to set up a massive network of Wi-Fi hotspots in the country called PM-WANI. The Public Office Data will be in the responsibility of establishing, maintaining and delivering broadband services to the subscribers. Public Office Data Aggregator will look into the functions involving Authorization and Accounting. The App Provider will be in charge of developing a related app and the Central Registry will maintain details of PDOs, PDOAs and app providers. According to a Mint report, Information Technology (IT) Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said, “There will be no licence, fee or registration for it.” Mumbai had already announced about introducing Wi-Fi, CCTV cameras and emergency buttons at traffic signals. 

Massive Network Of Public Wi-Fi
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The Network Will Create Employment Opportunities

As reported by Mint, an official release regarding PM-WANI stated,  “The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval forthe proposal of DoT 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 length and breadth of the country to accelerate proliferation of Broadband Internet services through Public Wi-Fi network in the country.” The setting up of this wide network will also help is creating employment opportunities. Also, the Union Cabinet has approved the laying of undersea optical fibre between Kochi and Lakshadweep Islands to provide high-speed internet. Meanwhile, here are 10 most googled recipes during the lockdown: