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Free wifi: GMDA to conduct pilot test at 100 places in Gurugram

Gurugram: A pilot test of free wifi will be done in 100 places in the city by the GMDA. There are 1000 places where free wifi will be given by the public agency. According to the plan, while the public agency is tasked with providing the licences, power and services, the network providers either private or public companies will provide the wifi services.

As per officials, the framework is being created wherein at the speed of 10 kbps, 1 GB of data can be consumed each day by the user. In Sector -29 the public agency in partnership has already started providing wifi services. In the coming months, there are plans to provide Wifi in areas of MG Road, Golf Course Road and the Cyber greens area and Udyog Vihar. If all goes according to the plan Gurugram will soon be wifi in the span of six months. As of March, the Gurugram metropolitan development authority (GMDA) has laid optical fibre cables in the area of 106 kilometres out of 600 kilometres.

The public agency has now begun the process of inviting the private companies for tenders for laying the poles and the wifi network. Officials in the Smart City division of GMDA said their study of various smart cities in countries like China has revealed that all such cities have WiFi networks that enable citizens to use different kinds of smart city applications. "We're in the process of developing a platform which will provide public data on crime, infrastructure, health and other sectors. However, in order to access this information, the public needs good internet connectivity, which is where the WiFi hotspots would come in," said the official.

He added that while most people today have mobile data, it is often too slow and intermittent to be relied upon while using or accessing necessary information.

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