Wi-Fi data vouchers

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.

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“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.

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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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