Mumbai – India’s First Wi-Fi City Gets Over 500 Wi-Fi Hotspots
The Internet has become a part of our everyday lives. No more is Internet connectivity a luxury afforded by a few urban families. The Internet, as of now, is available in the same manner to a user in a far off village as it is to a college student in a city. All the ways in which Internet has trickled down into our daily lives is unimaginable. And it is for the better as it has made our lives more convenient and fast paced.
With the revolution that India is experiencing right now, thanks to the advent of innumerable 4G networks, the entire nation is collectively embracing the rapid Internet speeds changing their lives once and for all.
Mumbai – Wi-Fi city
As the country moves towards a digital age, the Maharashtra government has taken a big step and converted Mumbai into a Wi-Fi city. In an attempt to make Internet free and accessible to all, the government set up 500 Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city. This step not only made the Wi-Fi network in Mumbai biggest in the country but also one of the biggest in the world.
The hotspots that are set up throughout the city include places of importance like tourist spots, railway stations, educational institutions, and other important junctions. More hotspots will be set up under the Maharashtra government plan, eventually.
In order to prevent unfair usage of the Wi-Fi networks, appropriate steps have been taken by the officials to ensure that the usage is secure as well. Firstly, it is linked to the user’s phone number and they may log in with a One-Time Password (OTP). This will help monitor and control undesirable usage. In addition to that, strong firewall systems have been implemented at the data centers for maximum security.
Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), an Internet Service Provider (ISP) owned and managed by the government is providing a speed of 20 Mbps. The project is being given its final touches by Larsen & Toubro.
These services are available free of cost to all users up to a specific point after which the government plans to introduce comparative price points for fair usage.
The face of the cities is not only changed by government bodies but also by private entities. Reliance Jio, Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL) telecom arm, is giving its users an opportunity to connect to an expanding JioNet network of Wi-Fi hotspots. Apps are available for JioNet on Android and iOS. All you need to connect to Jio’s public Wi-Fi is a Jio account. The JioNet app also shows you a map of all the places where Jio hotspot may be located. The connection is just as fast and reliable as the Jio 4G network.
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With the help of your Jio account, you may connect to any JioNet Wi-Fi and you don’t even need your Jio SIM as long as you have your account details. This will allow users to connect to the Internet even when they are on the go. This service by Jio is being offered not just in Mumbai but even in other major cities.
With setting up the first Wi-Fi city, India is taking giant leaps into the digital age that will help in the overall growth and development of the country.