With this, public may soon be able to access all public Wi-Fi hotspots through a data plan of a carrier of your choice bought at a tea kiosk, switching seamlessly from one carrier to another as you change location.
It will be superior to traditional WiFi which is being offered in several closed public places such as airports and restaurants. The government wants to extend access to the internet to even neighbourhood local markets, bus stops and roadside tea stalls, besides corporate parks and public buildings, through hotspots.
To that end, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approved Wi-Fi interoperability which will enable consumers to have ubiquitous access to internet.
Rajan Mathews, director general of Cellular Operators Association of India, said: “The telecom department and industry partnered together to design, test, and roll out a unique solution, using Wi-Fi hotspots.”
Under Bharat Wi-Fi, a subscriber will be able to use the data plan taken from any telco or ISP in the hotspots deployed by another and will not have to purchase a new plan every time. A single payment platform connecting all providers will enable participating companies to settle their accounts at the back end.
He said: “The challenge for the solution was to not only ensure a vast network of coverage (over 5 million Wi-Fi hotspots in two years), but to also ensure ease of use for citizens coupled with robust security which would satisfy the needs of the government.”