While Delhi faces internet shutdown, arvind Kejriwal launches free WiFi hotspots.
NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday launched the much awaited WiFi hotspot scheme that is free, while parts of the city faced an shutdown.
While the scheme was launched by Kejriwal his deputy Manish Sisodia launched the scheme. Speaking to the media, he said”it’s an irony that the day we started the free online scheme, the net services are being shut in the city.”
“We expect that the situation will be soon brought under control.” More than 100 hotspots were given as part of Kejriwal’s poll promise of providing free internet in the city, to the capital.
He explained in another six months, the town will get 11,000 hotspots. “This is phase one. In phase two, we’ll give hotspots to the entire city.”
On Thursday, the protests gained momentum, following the Delhi Police wrote such as Airtel, Jio BSNL, and Vodafone Idea to mobile phone operators.
The areas include north and Delhi. Shaheen Bagh, Jamia Nagar, mandi House, Seelampur, Jafrabad and Bawana are areas where mobile services are curtailed.
Addressing the audience, Kejriwal said:”I am very pleased to announce the initiation of free WiFi installation in Delhi. 11,000 WiFi hotspots are to be installed across Delhi, 4,000 hotspots will be installed at bus stops and 7,000 hotspots will be installed at various market places and other RWA locations.”
He explained each hotspot will cover a radius of 80 meters. Kejriwal added that every user will be provided a free data limitation of 15 GB data per month, using a data limit of 1.5 GB data each day.
“The people of Delhi will be able to locate a WiFi connection after every 500 meters in town, with the hotspot connections behind a radius of 100 meters. Every user will be given a free data limitation of 15 GB data per month, with a data limit of 1.5 GB data per day. On an average, the maximum rate of the connection of this data will be 200 Mbps, but the estimated speed will be between 100-150 Mbps.” Each hotspot will be able to support 150-200 users which amounts to approximately 22 lakh users ” he said.
Kejriwal added a mobile program has also been produced for this purpose, which will require their KYC information to be filled by the users and use the OTPs obtained on their telephones to access the connections. He clarified that the WiFi connections won’t be disconnected on change of places.
“The WiFi connections will not get disconnected if a user enters one hotspot zone from another, and the connection will be automatically regained. Further installation of more hotspot connections across the remaining regions of the city will be decided on the basis of their experience and the achievement of the 11,000 hotspot connections.”