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Arvind Kejriwal announces free Wi-Fi scheme says as per manifesto poll promise

An app will be launched through which users can upload their KYC details. An OTP will be received to activate the Wi-Fi connection

New Delhi: On Wednesday Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that Delhi citizens will get free 15 GB data per month through a hotspot network across the city, saying that the AAP has fulfilled all its electoral promises.

The Delhi government is ready to set up 11,000 hotspots across the city is in progress. On December 16, 100 hotspots will be inaugurated launching the Delhi government’s free Wi-Fi scheme, said Kejriwal. An app will be launched through which users can upload their KYC details. An OTP will be received to activate the Wi-Fi connection.

Kejriwal said, “With this free 15 GB internet data usage being provided to people, our government has fulfilled all promises made in the manifesto for the 2015 Assembly polls,”.The Delhi CM said free Wi-Fi connections will help students and benefit the health and education field.

The 100 hotspots will be set up in beginning at Kashmere Gate Metro station and ISBT, ITO bus stand, Mandi House bus stand, Delhi Secretariat, Indraprastha Metro station, and Adarsh Nagar (18), Badali (19), Moti Nagar (10), Seemapuri (16) and Shahdara (18) Assembly constituencies.

Around 4,000 hotspots will be set up at bus stops. The rest 7,000 will be installed in markets, residential colonies and other places with each constituency getting 100. The project cost is around Rs 100 crore, said Kejriwal. A total of 11,000 hotspots will be extended by the next six months.

Kejriwal said that after the inauguration on December 16,  the first batch of 100 hotspots,500 hotspots will be set up every week and in the next six months, all 11,000 hotspots will be in place.

The Wi-Fi scheme is based on a rent model and the government will pay the monthly rental for each hotspot to a company handling the project.

Kejriwal added after the network is ready, each hotspot will provide internet services within a 100-meter radius. “Every individual will be allowed usage of up to 15 GB per month or 1.5 GB per day. The speed will be on average 100 Mbps to 150 Mbps with a maximum of 200 Mbps in few areas,” Kejriwal said.

All the hotspots will be simultaneously available for  150-200 persons. The entire network will manage around 22 lakh users at a time, he said. The switch over from one hotspot to others will be automatic.

Kejriwal said the project was announced by the AAP after forming government in 2015, it got delayed due to various reasons.


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