The Silicon Valley of India is all set to get free Wi-Fi services across the city within six months. Bangalore had become the first city in the country to provide free Wi-Fi services to public earlier this year.
The service "Namma Wi-Fi" was launched in January in five various locations of the city. The service had been launched near MG Road metro station and is also available at Brigade Road, Shantinagar, Yeshwanthpur and Indira Nagar.
The inauguration of the free Wi-Fi hotspot at Bagalkot will be inaugurated on 15 August. Jayanagar, Banashankari, Vijayanagar, Shivajinagar, Kengeri TTMC and the satellite bus station on Mysore Road will get connectivity soon, The Hindu reported.
Apparently, there is also a plan to offer premium or high-end services for a small fee at these locations.
The service will be accessible for internet users who register their mobile numbers, through which they will receive an eight-digit authentication password. With a network speed of 512 kbps, one will be able to use up to 50 MB data per day.
According to an eGov report, Minister for Information Technology SR Patil said that, "Bangalore became the first city in India to launch free public WiFi, earlier this year. We are adding additional locations and we are planning to provide free WiFI facility in entire Bangalore and in all the district towns."
The Government has already called for an Expression of Interest (EOI) from service providers and six companies have responded, the minister explained. The proposals are under evaluation and the entire process is expected to be completed in six months.
In association with the Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science and Technology, the free Wi-Fi service is made available by D-Vois, a private broadband service provider.