Over 1.4 Lakh Wi-Fi Hotspots Deployed Under PM-WANI

The PM-WANI framework envisages the provision of Broadband through Public Wi-Fi Hotspot providers. Under this framework, Individuals in a residential area can serve as Public Data Office (PDO) and provide WI-FI service.

Highlights

  • As on March 09, 2023, 1,47,764 Wi-Fi hotspots have been deployed in India.
  • When a user reaches a public Wi-Fi hotspot, the app on their mobile phone will display various available networks.
  • To access broadband through public Wi-Fi, potential users will be required to download the relevant app and complete the authentication process.

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Over 1.4 Lakh Wi-Fi Hotspots Deployed Under PM-WANI

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) proposed to expand broadband access through public Wi-Fi networks under the Prime Minister's Wi-Fi Access Network Interface (PM-WANI) framework on December 9, 2020, which was subsequently approved by the Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.




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PM WANI framework

The PM-WANI framework envisages the provision of Broadband through Public Wi-Fi Hotspot providers. Under this framework, Individuals in a residential area can serve as Public Data Office (PDO) and provide WI-FI service. The framework includes elements such as Public Data Office (PDO), Public Data Office Aggregator (PDOA), App Provider and Central Registry.

According to the PM-WANI framework, to facilitate ease of doing business and encourage local shops and small establishments to become Wi-Fi providers, it has been approved that the last-mile Public Wi-Fi providers require no license, no registration and will not need to pay any fees to DoT.

How to Access Broadband on PM-WANI Wi-Fi?

To access broadband through public Wi-Fi, potential users will be required to download the relevant app and complete the authentication process. Once authenticated, they can access broadband at any public Wi-Fi hotspot. When a user reaches a public Wi-Fi hotspot, the app on their mobile phone will display various available networks. They can then choose their preferred public Wi-Fi network, make a payment (either online or through a voucher), and use the network until their balance is exhausted.

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Minister of State for Communications, Shri Devusinh Chauhan, in his written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, shared the details of the number of Wi-Fi hotspots deployed under the PM-WANI framework in the country. As on March 09, 2023, 1,47,764 Wi-Fi hotspots have been deployed in India. The list according to state wise is as below.

The State/UT wise number of hotspots under PM WANI framework:

Sl. NoState/UTTotal WI-FI Hotspots
1Andaman & Nicobar246
2Andhra Pradesh6057
3Arunachal Pradesh598
4Assam856
5Bihar3767
6Chandigarh256
7Chhattisgarh2796
8Delhi40521
9Goa422
10Gujarat4036
11Himachal Pradesh937
12Haryana3739
13Jharkhand1000
14Jammu & Kashmir1478
15Karnataka18807
16Kerala4899
17Ladakh371
18Lakshadweep1
19Maharashtra15374
20Meghalaya147
21Manipur9
22Madhya Pradesh7095
23Mizoram1
24Nagaland76
25Odisha2811
26Punjab3682
27Puducherry89
28Rajasthan2766
29Sikkim13
30Telangana4230
31Tamil Nadu7412
32Tripura301
33Uttarakhand892
34Uttar Pradesh8234
35West Bengal3845
Total147764

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