Leading mobile service operator Airtel and homegrown broadband service provider Ortel Communications Ltd have evinced interest in creation of Proof of Concepts (PoC) at two select locations in Bhubaneswar for the proposed city Wi Fi project.
Initially, the two companies are keen to create PoC for Utkal university campus and the posh Sahid Nagar locality in the city.
The state IT department had drawn up an ambitious plan to roll out Wi Fi services at major locations in the capital city. The project is estimated to cost around Rs 100 crore, and is targeted for completion within a year.
Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), the implementing agency for Wi Fi project, had invited Expression of Interest (EoI) for creation of PoC from interested operators at select clusters of the city, including the area inside the Utkal university campus.
The service provider would offer free internet services for 30 minutes per day to each user which can be accessed through mobile phones or laptops and handheld devices through Wi Fi. The experience and feedback would be taken into account while rolling out full-fledged Wi Fi services.
Courtesy: business Standard