Union cabinet approved a framework to usher in a “massive Wi-Fi revolution in the country”, in the words of Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, by accelerating the proliferation of broadband internet services via a public Wi-Fi network.
The new framework has been dubbed PM-WANI (Wi-Fi Access Network Interface).
“The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for the proposal of DoT for setting up of Public Wi-Fi Networks by Public Data Office Aggregators (PDOAs) to provide public Wi-Fi service through Public Data Offices (PDOs) spread across length and breadth of the country to accelerate proliferation of Broadband Internet services through Public Wi-Fi network in the country,” a government press release said.
PM-WANI – its key features
The operational ecosystem of PM-WANI will include the following:
Public Data Office (PDO): This will establish, maintain and operate Wi-Fi Access Points that are WANI compliant and provide broadband services to subscribers.
Public Data Office Aggregator (PDOA): An aggregator of PDOs, it will perform crucial authorization and accounting functions.
App Provider: It will develop an app for registration of users and help discover WANI compliant Wi-Fi hotspots in the vicinity. These areas will be displayed in the app in order to access the internet service.
Central Registry: Its aim is to maintain the details of PDOAs, PDOs and app providers. Initially, the Central Registry will be maintained by Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT).
PM-WANI – aims and benefits
It is anticipated that PM-WANI will be business-friendly and complement the government’s ease of doing business initiatives…..Read More>>