Telangana State Government, today announced a new initiative in the Hyderabad city. Dubbed as the ‘Hyderabad City Wi-Fi Project,’ (in short Hy-Fi), the Government decided to deploy over 1000 hot spots across the state capital. The ambitious project will eventually cover 3000 hotspot locations within the city.
Addressing the gathering on occasion, Mayor of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Shri Bonthu RammohanShri Rammohan said, “Being the newest state of the country, Telangana aspires to be the best state in all aspects. Hyderabad has been an inspiration for other cities in IT, business and living standards, and this city will continue to adopt new technologies to uplift the lifestyle of each citizen. Hy-Fi will set another example making Hyderabad a truly connected city even on the digital front.”
In June 2015, under the ‘Digital Telangana’ campaign, the Government of Telangana had launched the pilot version of Hyderabad City Wi-Fi Project (Hy-Fi). The pilot project saw the government partner with ISPs to provide free Wi-Fi for 30 minutes at approximately 100 public category locations across Hyderabad. These locations include malls, tourist spots, public offices, police stations, government schools and colleges, etc.
Over the last two years, the number has more than doubled to cover about 250 locations. Given the tremendous success the pilot project has seen, the Govt. of Telangana has decided to scale up the project to cover more than 3000 locations across Hyderabad. In fact, a separate Government Order has been brought out specifically to enable smooth execution of the program for ISPs.
The Government has agreed to take a two-phased approach to complete the Wi-Fi project which is a unique example of government and industry participation for enriching community life and enhancing public safety. At present, over 1000 hotspots are being installed with an assured bandwidth of 5-10 Mbps offering 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi.
Shri Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, COAI said “With the successful completion of the Hy-Fi project, Hyderabad and Telangana will emerge as an example for rest of the country. It is a proud moment for the state and the telecom industry as well. As partners in this ambitious project, the telecom industry will partner in the timely completion of the project. This will provide high-speed internet access connecting citizen with education, commerce and opportunities”.
Mr Mathews further added that “COAI represents the leading telecom and technology companies across the country and Hyderabad is the city of choice for everything IT. We look forward to working closely with the government of Telangana and are proud to be consultants of the government in its endeavour for a fully connected Digital India.”