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Cisco Partners Google to Roll out free Wi-Fi zones in India


At Cisco India Summit - Kochi, Ciscopartners with Google to roll out High Speed Public Wi-Fi zones. These Zones willbe in high-traffic areas in the city and not in railway stations but publicspaces like bus stops, hospitals, government offices, etc. Cisco will work with G-Stationplatform to provide communities around the country access to a free, open,high-quality public Wi-Fi. For Cisco to reach rural corners of India, the aidof Government agencies would be essential.

Earlier Google partnered withRailtel to establish Free Wi-Fi Hotspots across 400 Railway stations in India.Along with BSNL, Google set up 38000 BSNL Wi-Fi hotspots which can be accessedby Wi-Fi Vouchers starting at 19 Rs. Google also has implemented theirG-station model to the countries like Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand and Mexico.

The 19-34 years age group are themaximum who use the Wi-Fi services. At the existing railway stations peoplewidely use for Video streaming, E commerce website, social Media networking andothers who access to browse information for buying tickets and Online banking.

According to the report generatedby the TelecomRegulatory Authority of India (TRAI), There are one Wi-Fi spot for 150people globally. In India to achieve this ratio,  there must be 8 Million Wi-Fi Hotspots mustbe installed. Currently there are only 52000 Wi-Fi Hotspots in India. Thisproject is expected to connect 1.3 billion Indians and help them reach Digitaleconomic spectrum.  As a Pilot in Bengaluru,the project has been implemented and in its first phase, 50 locations have beeninstalled with the Wi-Fi hotspots and in next two months, about 200 locationswill have the High-Speed Public Wi-Fi Hotspots. In its second Phase, 300 morelocations will be enabled.

SameerGarde, President, Cisco India and SAARCsaid “This partnership would benefit next billion users by providing internetconnectivity. Moving from slow to high-speed Internet access will increase userengagement and benefit millions of Internet users throughout the economicspectrum...This also represents a significant growth opportunity, the demandfor public Wi-Fi hotspots is expected to go up by 100 times over the next 3years, creating new markets for Cisco and our partners". Public Wi-Fi alsoprovides an opportunity to develop a broader connectivity ecosystem, which cannot only benefit users and wireless ISPs but also telecom service providers,handset manufacturers, and venue owners.”

SajithSivanandan, MD and Business Head, Google Pay and Next Billion User Initiatives,India, said “This is an advertisement supported business model and the revenuewould be shared among three partners including the internet service provider -D-VoiS. The results from G-Station’s railway station roll-out have been hugelyencouraging, and we’re delighted to join hands with Cisco to broaden G-Station’scoverage in the city of Bengaluru. ”

By 2022,approximately 59 % of Cellular network traffic would be offloaded by the Wi-FiHotspots and exponential increase in the opportunities for the Wi-Fi dispersionacross the globe according the Cisco VNI Report 2019.

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By haripriya.krishnakum Krishnakumar | 17 Oct 2019 | 0 Comments