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PM-WANI: Cabinet Approves Setting Up Public WiFi Networks Across India

By Staff

On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet approved the proposal to set up public WiFi networks across the country.

The Cabinet said in a statement that it has approved "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 the proliferation of Broadband Internet services through Public Wi-Fi network in the country."

Cabinet Approves Setting Up Public WiFi Networks Across India

"There shall be no license fee for providing Broadband Internet through these public Wi-Fi networks," it added.

"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," it added.

The Public Wi-Fi Access Network Interface will be called "PM-WANI".

The PM-WANI will be operated by different players as follows:

  • Public Data Office (PDO): It will establish, maintain, and operate only WANI compliant Wi-Fi Access Points and deliver broadband services to subscribers.
  • Public Data Office Aggregator (PDOA): It will be an aggregator of PDOs and perform the functions relating to Authorization and Accounting.
  • App Provider: It will develop an App to register users and discover WANI compliant Wi-Fi hotspots in the nearby area and display the same within the App for accessing the internet service.
  • Central Registry: It will maintain the details of App Providers, PDOAs, and PDOs. To begin with, the Central Registry will be maintained by C-DoT.
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Story first published: Thursday, December 10, 2020, 10:18 [IST]
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