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DoT plans public wi-fi in cities with over 1M people; We hope it works

As part of Government of India’s Digital India initiative, the Department of Telecom (DoT) is beginning a project that will apparently provide public Wi-Fi services in cities with a population of more than 1 million, reports The Hindu Business Line. DoT has reportedly been asked to work out the modalities of the project, including creating a separate licensing framework for private telecom operators interested in offering public Wi-Fi service. It's worth noting that several telecom operators including Vodafone and MTNL have been piloting WiFi hotspots in a bid to offload users to WiFi networks, thereby reducing the network congestion and address the growing data consumption on its network. In March this year, Tata Teleservices had also stated plans to set up 4,000 WiFi hotspots in nine cities across India over the next two years while Reliance Jio had also launched free Wi-Fi hotspots in eight locations at Ahmedabad and nine…

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