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

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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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