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20KM Free WiFi Zone Launched In Patna; We Hope It Works

More public WiFi initiatives introduced: A 20 km free Wi-Fi zone between National Institute of Technology (NIT) Patna (located at Ashok Rajpath) and Danapur town present in western Patna, has been launched by the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, reports The Economic Times. Kumar claims that this is currently the longest free Wi-Fi zone in the world. IT minister Shahid Ali Khan mentions that they also plan to offer free Wi-Fi facility at all the tourist spots in the state. What's currently not clear though is with whom the government has tied-up with for this initiative and how can one one sign up for the service to access it. There is also no information on what speeds a consumer could expect through this initiative and whether there’s a limit on the session length or data caps for consumers using this service. In our experience, public WiFi services tends to be very slow (at least until now) and even unreliable at times. Frankly, India itself doesn’t have a great track record with public WiFi. Announcements have been made often, but there's been little in terms of delivery. However, we've noticed a sudden upswing in the amount of public WiFi initiatives being announced in India over the past few months. Hopefully, there will be some reliable public WiFi services by the end of this year. Other Public WiFi Initiatives Last month, Bangalore had become the first city to have free WiFi hotspots called Namma WiFi, on M G Road, Brigade Road and four other locations in Bangalore including Traffic and Transmit Management Centres (TTMCs) at…

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