Telangana State Government has today launched the Hyderabad City Wi-Fi Project that is also known as HyFi with over 1000 hot-spots across the state capital. Inaugurated by the Hon’ble Mayor of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Shri Bonthu Rammohan, the ambitious project will eventually cover 3000 hotspot locations within the city.
A pilot version of the same project was launched in 2015 under the Digital Telangana umbrella and it was about a 100 public locations where Wi-Fi was made available for free for a span of 30 minutes to the user. These locations include malls, tourist spots, public offices, police stations, government schools and colleges, etc. Now, the number of locations have more than doubled and reached about 250 locations and thus, the government mentioned that the plan will now see the number of hotspots growing to over 3000 in Hyderabad.
At present, over 1000 hotspots are being installed with an assured bandwidth of 5-10 Mbps offering 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi.
Addressing the gathering at the occasion and announcing the launch of second phase of the program, Shri Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, ITE&C Department, Govt. of Telangana said, “Digital India is the future and Telangana is marching ahead to achieve this dream. Hy-Fi is another pro-people initiative where citizens will avail free Wi-Fi to do their work. Businessperson, shopkeepers, entrepreneurs, students, women and tourists will benefit from this essential service.”
Shri Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, Circle CEO – Bharti Airtel said,
“Airtel has been a partner in the Government’s Digital India vision and we are delighted to support Hy-fi, the country’s largest and fastest public WI-FI network. With this digital initiative, Hyderabad has further cemented its reputation as one of India’s technology capitals. Together with the Government of Telangana and the industry we are committed to demonstrating endless possibilities of new digital experiences to the citizens of Hyderabad.”
It isn’t only Bharti Airtel but this is a joint work by few partners that includes ACT Fibernet, Quadgen, BSNL, and Indus Towers.