Public WiFi service in Mumbai, will remain free till August 15
Mumbai,June26The public WiFi service, which people access at 585 locations in Mumbai, will remain free till August 15. Earlier, the Maharashtra government had planned to charge citizens for availing the WiFi service from May 1.
However, it decide to extend the free period till Independence Day. This extension is owing to the difficulty faced by the government in fixing charges for using the service. t is a one-of-a-kind project in the country and there no model that can be implemented to monetise the service. We also have to consider charges applied by the private internet services providers, which have reduced significantly in the past few months,said a senior official from state information technology (IT) department.
The state government rolled out its ambitious free WiFi service project by activating 510 hotspots at public places in Mumbai. With this, Mumbai became the first Indian city with public WiFi connectivity. The government later activated 75 hotspots, thus taking the tally to 585. Sources said the government tariff will be less than what the private service providers charge.