After initiatives like UPI and DigiLocker, it seems the government s next step towards India s digital empowerment seems to be providing internet access to everyone. To that end, it ll facilitate the rollout of 1 million public Wi-Fi hotspots across the country by December 2019. The information was revealed by Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, at the second annual Indian Mobile Congress (IMC 2018) technology conference in New Delhi. Also Read - Vodafone CEO Nick Read to visit India this week; will seek bailout: ReportAlso Read - BSNL agrees to lay off 54,000 employees, but waiting for elections to be over: Report
As mentioned by a Hindu BusinessLine report, Sinha told reporters that Bharat Wi-Fi , a nation-wide common inter-operable platform of 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots, owned and operated by telecom operators, internet service providers, and virtual network operators (VNOs) will be rolled out in the country by the end of next yea Also Read - WhatsApp users can now file a complaint with DoT against offensive messages
During the inauguration of IMC 2018, the National Frequency Allocation Plan 2018 (NFAP) was unveiled. A roadmap for the Indian digital communications industry, NFAP released a quantum of 605MHz license exempt in the 5GHz band for wireless access services and radio local area networks in outdoor settings, to meet the ever-growing need for data.
NFAP will allow ease of doing business and Wi-Fi hotspots will help all the gram panchayats and villages to connect, which will be important for the digital inclusion in the country, Sinha was quoted as saying by the Hindu BusinessLine report.
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The first day of IMC 2018, which is scheduled for October 25-27, highlighted 5G roadmap for India. Major players like Samsung, Nokia, Reliance Jio, and Airtel announced/demonstrated 5G technologies, talking about how they ll shape the digital landscape in India.