Bhubaneswar: Smart city Bhubaneswar became Wi-Fi . Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday launched the City Wide Wi-Fi Project titled “BhubaneswarMe Wi-Fi’’.
On day one, 100 hotspots with 275 Access Points (APs) went live. The hotspots are located on major locations between KIIT Square to Governor House, Acharya Vihar to AG Square, Sishu Bhawan to Vani Vihar and Nalco Square to Acharya Vihar.
While one Wi-Fi hotspot would be able to handle as many as 150 users at a given point of time, the Internet speed will be available at 2 megabytes per second (MBPS). Access to 250 MB of data will be free for any user on a given day.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, “I am very happy that the BhubaneswarMe Wi-Fi project will become the first ever project in the country with a unique capability to cover the entire city. I hope all citizens; especially the younger generation will find the facility very useful.”
He further added that as part of the project there would not be any charge on data usage for citizens when they access government services through this network.
“This will help the State Government to bridge the digital divide,” he observed.
According to sources, the Phase-I launching of Wi-Fi network with 100 hotspots would be followed by 100 locations 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.