When you spend money on a certain amount of data each day, you can’t help but hoard it. After all, what if you want to binge YouTube later while travelling?
So it would probably be really handy to have networks of public Wi-Fi you can connect to on the go.
And that’s exactly what the government is planning for India with a model called Bharat Wi-Fi. It seems they’re considering not just multiple public Wi-Fi networks, but also making them interoperable so you don’t need to manually connect to each of them.
An official source told PTI that the Digital Communications Commission (DCC) is considering the proposal at its next meeting. It was originally scheduled for today but has been deferred.
“Interoperability of public Wi-Fi is under consideration. This will enable a user to stay connected with all public Wi-Fi across the country when they come within its range. A mobile device user have to login once, and other Wi-Fi networks, be it of BSNL, Airtel, Jio, etc, will recognise the device and connect it to the network,” the source said.
Currently, you have to tap to sign in to a public Wi-Fi and provide your mobile number. It then sends you an OTP you need to input in order to connect. Now, imagine trying to do this multiple times a day while traveling. With Bharat Wi-Fi, the proposal suggests having the logins of all these wireless networks interlinked. That way, you’d only ever have to log in once.
This is in addition to the National Digital Communications Policy 2018, which has the government attempting to deploy five million public Wi-Fi hotspots by 2020 and 10 million by 2022.
“The focus of the government is to provide digital governance and encourage data innovation. Interoperable WiFi will help mobile users travel across the country with data connectivity. This will also take away load from licence spectrum and help improve in call drops,” the source added.