India’s biggest public Wi-Fi network went live at 500 dedicated hotspots across the city Mumbai on Monday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced.
“Happy to dedicate Phase 1 of MumbaiWiFi. For this instance, 500 Hotspots go live across various locations in Mumbai,” Fadnavis said in a tweet, adding that MumbaiWiFi is India’s largest public Wi-Fi service and one of the biggest globally.
According to Fadnavis, another 700 hotspots will be active by May 1, which is celebrated as Maharashtra Day.
“As committed, 1,200 Wi-Fi hotspots will be active by May 1, 2017. We will also monitor the progress on connectivity and speed,” Fadnavis added.
The improvements will be made after the first phase went active and became accessible to the people.
The city witnessed a success with the MumbaiWiFi as during the trial period between Jan 2-8, more than 23,000 users signed up and downloaded more than 2TB data.
This achievement was deemed as “a major aspect of digital empowerment in the state” by the minister.
The WiFi, which has unlimited usage till January 31, is available at the offices of Mumbai Police Commissioner, Vidhan Bhavan, KalaNagar in Bandra, Bombay High Court and other prominent public places in the city and suburbs.
Technical aspects have been covered under a partnership with Maharashtra Information Technology Corporation (MITC) and US-based companies like Hewlett Packard and Fortinet. The bandwidth is provided by Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd while Larsen & Toubro is the systems integrator.