The Indian city of Bengaluru has become the first city in the country to have free wireless internet services. The free service is expected to begin next month. Popular areas like Brigade Road and Mahatma Gandhi Road are two of the best known shopping destinations which will have free Wi Fi access.
This will be a part of an overall plan to make Bengaluru the first city to have such a service available for public spots. The idea was introduced by a government appointed panel, which is headed by Mohandas Pai, who was a former director at Infosys. The service will be available for at least six months, after which the Information and Communication technology panel will evaluate the network and announce the possibility of its extension plans.
Pai, who is the chairman of Manipal Global Education said, “A smartphone revolution is happening in India, but connectivity is still an issue here. We wanted to provide seamless internet access to people”. The decision to offer free internet access and the recommendations of the ICT were sent to the chief minister of Karnataka in the month of January.
Internet service provider D-VoiS has been assigned to provide the internet service in the city.