Cisco partners google to roll out free Wi-Fi zones in India
At Cisco India Summit - Kochi, Cisco partners with Google to roll out High Speed Public Wi-Fi zones. These Zones will be in high-traffic areas in the city and not in railway stations but public spaces like bus stops, hospitals, government offices, etc.Cisco will work with G-Station platform 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 aid of Government agencies would be essential.
Earlier Google partnered with Railtel to establish Free Wi-Fi Hot spots across 400 Railway stations in India. Along with BSNL, Google set up 38000 BSNL Wi-Fi hot spots which can be accessed by Wi-Fi Vouchers starting at 19 Rs. Google also has implemented their G-station model to the countries like Indonesia, Nigeria,Thailand and Mexico.
The 19-34 years age group are the maximum who use the Wi-Fi services. At the existing railway stations people widely used for Video streaming, E commerce website, social Media networking and others who access to browse information for buying tickets and Online banking.
According to the report generated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), There are one Wi-Fi spot for 150 people globally. In India to achieve this ratio, there must be 8 Million Wi-Fi Hot spots must be installed. Currently there are only 52000 Wi-Fi Hot spots in India. This project is expected to connect 1.3 billion Indians and help them reach Digital economic spectrum. As a Pilot in Bengaluru, the project has been implemented and in its first phase, 50 locations have been installed with the Wi-Fi hot spots and in next two months,about 200 locations will have the High-Speed Public Wi-Fi Hot spots. In its second Phase, 300 more locations will be enabled.
Sameer Garde,President, Cisco India and SAARC said “This partnership would benefit next billion users by providing internet connectivity.
Moving from slow to high-speed Internet access will increase user engagement and benefit millions of Internet users throughout the economic spectrum...This also represents a significant growth opportunity, the demand for public Wi-Fi hot spots is expected to go up by 100 times over the next 3 years, creating new markets for Cisco and our partners".
Public Wi-Fi also provides 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.”
Sajith Sivanandan,MD and Business Head, Google Pay and Next Billion User Initiatives, India, said“ This is an advertisement supported business model and the revenue would be shared among three partners including the internet service provider - D-VoiS.
The results from G-Station’s railway station roll-out have been hugely encouraging, and we’re delighted to join hands with Cisco to broaden G-Station’s coverage in the city of Bengaluru. ”
By 2022,approximately 59 % of Cellular network traffic would be offloaded by the Wi-Fi Hot spots and exponential increase in the opportunities for the Wi-Fi dispersion across the globe according the Cisco VNI Report 2019.