K Chandrasekhar Rao led Telangana government on Tuesday announced ‘Hyderabad City Wi-Fi‘ project under which over 3000 public places in the twin city will get wireless network connectivity. Speaking to press during the launch, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation(GHMC) Mayor B. Rammohan said the first phase of this project has already been completed with 1000 hotspot installed.
Telangana IT secretary Jayesh Ranjan said that these 1000 public locations will offer assured bandwidth of 5-10 MBPS and each user will be able to access Wi-Fi for 30 minutes for free. He also assured that the remaining 2,000 places will be covered in next three months.
Just like Google Rail Wire, you will be asked to provide your mobile number and 4-digit one-time password(OTP) will be sent your mobile number. In order to access Wi-Fi hotspot, you will have to enter the OTP and the use is only for the Internet access with no downloads allowed. After 30 minutes of usage is consumed, the users will be only allowed to connect after a day.
Hyderabad city Wi-Fi project cost around Rs. 300 crores and its invested by IT Department. The Pilot version launch of this project happened in June 2015 under ‘Digital Telangana’ initiative.
Project also covers some locations in Rachakonda, Nalgonda, Ranga Reddy, Warangal, Karimnagar, and Khammam districts.
Telangana government roped in Cellular Operators Association of India(COAI) as the technical advisor for this ambitious project. COAI Director General Rajan Mathews welcomed this positive move by the state government to make Hyderabad a true smart city and encouraged other state governments to launch something similar. COAI has planned to host first ever Mobile World Congress India edition later this year.