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 https://saralsanchar.gov.in 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.