Delhi based start-up i2e1 (information to everyone) has announced the launch of the industry-first Public Data Office (PDO) in South Delhi with a vision to bolster the Government of India’s PM-WANI initiative.
PDOs are designed with a similar business model of PCO (Public Communication Office) booths across India. These internet booths will establish, maintain and operate Wi-Fi Access Points and deliver broadband services to subscribers. With no registration required, users will avail free internet access which in turn will result in employment opportunities and empower the government’s Digital Bharat dream.
Creating history and piloting the PM-WANI initiative, this internet solutions startup has set up India’s first-of-its-kind PDO in Kusumpur Pahadi, a low income neighborhood in South Delhi. With this establishment, the residents of the area can access 50 Mbps high speed and unlimited internet at just Rs. 5 per day.
With i2e1’s PDO, children will be able learn through online classes and entertaining content will be available to families in just a click of a button. Inaugurated at BABA General Store, the PDO is now running at this grocery store run by local millennial Kishan. His earning of Rs. 500 in the first day itself, is a testimony to the success of the PM-WANI policy.
Commenting on the launch, Satyam Darmora, Founder, i2e1 said, “With more and more individuals depending on up to 10 GB data per day for being productive, the need for internet access is increasing every day; a need which is as fundamental as air and water. Ensuring this data to all sections of society will result in equitable growth and would be the stepping stone for the realization of the 5 trillion dollar economy target for our country. We are delighted to present India with the first-ever PDO and want to sincerely thank all DoT officials, TRAI and IIT Delhi for making this a reality for i2e1.”
Dedicated to the government’s vision to provide millions of Wi-Fi hotspots, i2e1 has created an unbelievably affordable solution that can enable any retailer to become a PDO for just Rs. 250 per month. This technology will also be available to other ISPs and any other players interested in becoming PDOAs. i2e1 envisions to create over 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots across India by offering instant and easy connectivity to high-speed, reliable and secure Internet services through their TRAI approved devices.