Thursday, August 18, 2022

PM-WANI scheme launched in Nagaland

Staff Reporter

An official launching programme of PM-WANI, (Prime Minister’s Wi-Fi Access Network Interface) scheme for Nagaland, was held at Pro-Rural office, near Clock Tower, on July 27, here at Dimapur.
Addressing a press conference after the launching programme, director, Pro-Rural, Paul Lokho said PM-WANI was a high speed public Wi-Fi network, launched by the ministry of Communication on December 9, 2020, under the framework of prime minister’s Wi-Fi Access Network Interface (PM-WANI), seeking to promote dream of digital India by creating robust communication infrastructure, particularly to areas facing digital divide.
He informed that Pro Rural signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pentacles Systems Pvt Ltd., a department of Telecom (DoT) licensed and Centre for development of Telematics (CDoT) powered Public Data Office Aggregator (PDOA), to promote access to internet data, which would particularly help entrepreneurs and business establishments, as well as students.
With the intention of unleashing massive Wi-Fi revolution in the country, end users would be able to access WiFi connectivity with very cheap rates (Rs. 1 per GB).
With regard to Public Data Office (PDO) which establishes, maintains and operates PM WANI compliant WiFi Access Points and acts as broadband services providers to its subscribers, it was informed that they would need to procure internet bandwidth from any telecom or internet service provider.
It was also informed that a Wireless Access Point device would have to be installed by PDO for a onetime cost of Rs. 11,750 for 100 meter and Rs. 17,750 for 200 meter.
For end users wanting to access to WANI Wifi, one will need to download Apna WiFi app from Google Play Store, get authenticated, and thereafter access broadband at any Public Wifi hotspot, registered to WANI networks.
Citing the working example of Public Call Office (PCO), it was informed that telecom or internet service provider would act as service provider, owner of PCO as PDO, and end users as customers.
Public WiFi hotspot service providers (PDO) under PM-WANI would not require any license or registration of pay any fees to DoT, to act as service providers.

SourceNPN

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