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Odisha CM Makes Bhubaneswar 'Global Smart City' With City-Wide Wi-Fi, 'First Ever In India'

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05 November 2018

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the international sports extravaganza Odisha Men's Hockey World Cup, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday launched city-wide Bhubaneswar.Me Wi-Fi Project by the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) in a bid to make the capital city accessible to internet connectivity across its major happening places.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, “Today is a historic day for Bhubaneswar. The city of temples will have an IT backbone comparable to the best modern cities in the world. Bhubaneswar.Me Wi-Fi project will be game changer for our youth to realize the heights of knowledge economy. Bhubaneswar will stamp its entry as global smart city 500 hotspots spanning the entire city under this project.”

“There will not be any charge on data usages for the citizens and free data pack is also provided for all users. I call upon the youth to utilize these world-class facilities and aim big in their spheres of work,” observed the Odisha Chief Minister.

He added, “As a part of my commitment for 3Ts – Technology, Transparency and Temawork, in coming days we will have similar free Wi-Fi facilities in all our corporations, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhampur, Rourkela and our Jagannath Dham-Puri.”

As per a press note, the project will become first ever in India with a unique capability to cover the entire city.

Official sources said, 100 Wi-Fi hot spots would be followed by 100 locations in Phase I of the Bhubaneswar.Me Wi-Fi Project while in the Phase II it would add up later and there would be 518 hotspots across the city to complete the City Wide Wi-Fi network. With all three phases, the city will have 1,800 APs.

It will go live across the city including stretches like KIIT Square to Governor House Square, Acharya Vihar to AG Square, Shishu Bhavan to Vani Vihar and NALCO Square to Acharya Vihar.

Denizens can access 250 MB of data free of cost daily along these stretches which are taken from the 80 km Priority Road Network of the City.

However, one should be within reach of the access point to login to the network.

Beyond the free limit, they have to recharge with very low cost top-up plans for subsequent use.

The payment modalities and plans are yet to be announced. The Internet speed would be 2 MBPS in the City Wi-Fi Network. In course of time 500 Wi-Fi hot spots will go live across the city to complete the City Wide Wi-Fi Network.

Users can have access to 50 MB of data for 30 minutes each day free of cost.

Each hot spot would be able to handle as many as 150 users with wireless band of 2.4 GHz to 5 GHz based on their handset capabilities. The system has been designed to comply with all the regulations and policies of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and Department of Telecommunications (DOT).

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

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