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Odisha capital to be first fully Wi-Fi-enabled city

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Sep 5:

Odisha’s capital city, Bhubaneswar is all set to soon become the first fully Wi-Fi enabled city in the country with low-cost and free wireless internet access.

Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Thursday submitted the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the project and the proposal will be sent to the Centre for its in-principal approval.wi fiOther cities in the country having limited Wi-Fi connectivity are, Patna (20 km free Wi-Fi zone), Bangalore (Mahatma Gandhi Road and Brigade Road) and New Delhi (Connaught Place area).

After the Union government’s approval, the process for its implementation will start, sources in the IT department said.

The state government has finalized a road map for implementation of the project.

STPI has been engaged by the state government’s Information Technology (IT) department as the implementation agency of the project.

Sanjib Kumar Mishra, commissioner-cum-secretary, IT said “This is an effort to include Bhubaneswar in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious smart city programme”.

STPI has been asked to submit the detailed project proposal (DPR) within next two months. After the preparation of the DPR, open bidding will be conducted and tender will be awarded within the next six months, sources said.

It is essential to make a detailed feasibility study, making available various advanced technologies, imbibing best practices in other cities if any, examine requirement of PoC study and sustainability of the project before its execution, sources added.

The STPI will conduct a proof of concept (PoC) study at four to five places within the city.

Sources further said that the Wi-Fi service would not be fully free in the city but it may be considered free of cost for about 20-30 minutes in a day as introduced in other cities.

A best revenue model will be worked out in consultation with STPI, sources added.