She added 3.7 lakh Wi-Fi hotspots have been deployed by the industry - against the stated commitment of rolling out one million Wi-Fi hotspots by December 2019 - and added that once security nod is obtained on interoperability, it would lead to seamless experience for users and generate new revenue sources for small entrepreneurs.
She said: "Working in tandem with TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) and with service providers, we are hoping to deploy an interoperable public Wi-Fi network."
She added: "Telecom service providers have committed to a target of rolling out one million Wi-Fi hotspots by end of 2019, and so far we are at about 3.7 lakh Wi-Fi hotspots, which have been deployed, but they have not yet become interoperable. Once we get the security clearance for this, we expect to have a full interoperable Wi-Fi ecosystem, which will be pioneering," she said.
The proposed model of interoperability will be a game changer."
She said: "The MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) has to give the final security clearance, they are looking at it. We expect it to be given shortly."