North Delhi Municipal Corporation has roped in telecom operator Reliance Jio Infocomm to roll out Wi-Fi network in central Delhi by June this year, as per sources.
“NDMC has asked Reliance Jio to install Wi-Fi network in area that falls under its jurisdiction. RJio has been asked to complete the rollout by June,” an official source told PTI.
Government has set December 2015 deadline to cover cities and towns with population of over 10 lakhs as well as tourist destinations with Wi-Fi services as part of the Prime Minister’s pet project ‘Digital India’. The top 25 cities have to achieve this target by June 2015.
Reliance Jio will use street light pillar to install Wi-Fi equipment which will give high speed to users.
The rollout in NDMC areas will benefit individual users in areas like Lutyens Delhi, government offices, embassies, central marketing areas, CBD and NDMC colonies.
“Reliance Jio has already started installation and have expressed to complete the rollout before June,” the source said.
Reliance Jio has also announced to roll out 4G telecom services across country in around 5,000 towns and cities, accounting for over 90 percent of urban India and over 215,000 villages.
As per the rules, August 2015 is the deadline for all companies which won BWA spectrum in 2010 to roll out the services in at least 90 percent of the service areas. Failing that, the Department of Telecom will have the right to withdraw the radiowaves given to the companies.