The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) has developed a new technology for low-cost Wi-Fi solutions. This mass Public data office (PDO) solution provides Wi-fi services over a license-free ISM band priced at Rs 50,000. Public can get access to the internet by purchasing the Wi-Fi data vouchers.
This allows users to buy low-cost Wi-Fi data vouchers even at local street vendors and grocery market. However, the denominations for this PDO solution will start from as low as Rs 10. The C-DoT will launch this Wi-Fi solution on Friday.
The software and hardware elements of the device include a Wi-Fi access point, OTP authentication, e-KYC, a voucher management system and a billing point.
“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,” says, C-DoT’s Executive Director Vipin Tyagi.
C-DoT has collaborated with Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd (HFCL), ITI Ltd and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) among others to manufacture the PDO devices.
The telecom research and development center has provided free-to-use frequency which is available in 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz bands. These bands enable radio spectrum access with no interference challenges to small shop owners in semi-urban or rural areas.
This move comes after TRAI asking C-DoT to modify internet service provider (ISP) permit rules, introduce cheaper Wi-Fi access devices boost internet penetration and make space for new spectrum bands.
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