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Delhi government in talks with private telcos to roll out free public Wi-Fi service

The proposed plan is to bring Wi-Fi connectivity all over the capital city in a year or two. The government looks to play the role of facilitator rather than becoming the service provider.

  • Updated: July 28, 2016 1:35 PM IST
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The Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi is in talks with private telecom operators for a model which would seem affordable to roll out universal Wi-Fi in Delhi in a year or two. The government is also in talks for assessing various models to bring the entire national capital under Wi-Fi network in “a year or two. Gajendra Haldea, a member of the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC), said the government should be more of an “enabler” in rolling out projects such as Wi-Fi. The DDC is an advisory body to the government. Also Read - Cryptocurrency regulation bill: How worried are Indian investors?

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“We are in dialogue with various private players, if any model is affordable then the universal Wi-Fi can be rolled out in Delhi in a year or two,” he said at a seminar on ‘ICT Solutions for Digital and Smart Delhi’. Haldea also referred to the Delhi government’s plan to introduce a “universal healthcare card” in the next five months to ensure free treatment to the marginalized section of the population.

Providing free Wi-Fi across the national capital was one of the key poll promises of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). DDC vice-chairman Ashish Khetan recently announced that over 500 locations across East Delhi will be made Wi-Fi zones by the year end, allowing access to free internet till a pre-determined limit daily. “The government’s role in this is that of an enabler, a facilitator. In order to do so, the government should engage with the private sector. Their role is critical,” he added.

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  • Published Date: July 28, 2016 1:30 PM IST
  • Updated Date: July 28, 2016 1:35 PM IST



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