No license fees for setting up public Wi-Fi through PDOAs

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to DoT for setting up of public Wi-Fi networks by Public Data Office Aggregators (PDOAs) spread across the length and breadth of the country.

There shall be no license fee for providing broadband Internet through these public Wi-Fi networks through Public Data Offices (PDOs).
The proposal will promote the growth of public Wi-Fi networks in the country and in turn will help in proliferation of broadband Internet, enhancement of income and employment and empowerment of people.

This Public Wi-Fi Access Network Interface will be known as PM-WANI and will be operated by four players – PDO will establish, maintain and operate only WANI compliant Wi-Fi Access Points and deliver broadband services to subscribers; PDOA will be an aggregator of PDOs and perform the functions relating to authorization and accounting; App Provider will develop an app to register users and discover WANI compliant Wi-Fi hotspots in the nearby area and display the same; Central Registry will maintain the details of app providers, PDOAs and PDOs. To begin with the central registry will be maintained by C-DoT.

While no registration would be required for PDOs, PDOAs and app providers will get themselves registered with DoT through an online registration portal of DoT and without paying any registration fee. Registration shall be granted within 7 days of the application.

The proliferation of public Wi-Fi will not only create employment opportunities but also enhance disposable incomes in the hands of small and medium entrepreneurs and boost the GDP of the country.

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