Reducing dependency on data packs, their varying speeds and the different telecom networks, soon local neighbourhood shops and even street vendors will be able to provide WiFi access for as low as Rs 10.
The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) has developed a ‘public data office’ (PDO) system that will allow any local shop to act as a WiFi access point and vouchers for data. The PDO system includes a licence-free ISM (industrial, scientific and medical) band and can be bought by the shops for Rs 50,000 to provide WiFi to their customers.
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The PDO will include both hardware and software components including a WiFi access point, e-KYC (know your customer) system and OTP (one-time password) authentication to use the services along with a voucher management mechanism to handle billing and pricing.
“Today, Digital India is not happening in every nook and corner of India. But the concept of PDO will enable even a thelawallah to sell low cost Wi-Fi-based broadband services anywhere. Even a nearby kirana shop can resell data services for as low as Rs 10 or even less,” C-DoT’s executive director Vipin Tyagi was quoted by Economic Times as saying.
According to reports, C-DoT will soon be transferring the PDO technology to 20 manufacturing partners including Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel), Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd (HFCL) and ITI Ltd to enable commercial production of the system.
For shop owners in semi-urban and rural areas, free-to-use frequency is available in 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz bands so that the radio spectrum can be accessed without restrictions.