AAP sets data limit for Aam Aadmi

Published on May 25, 2015 10:47:47 AM

The Wi-Fi facility in Delhi, given by the Aam Aadmi Party government, will be provided on the basis of data usage rather than setting a time limit. The fully functional public Wi-Fi will be made available by next February.

By the end of this month, the government will release expression of interest followed by request for proposal in June and the work would be awarded by July. As many as 150 companies around the world have expressed interest regarding the project.

Officials said that the social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp and other basic services would remain free but services like video chat, downloads and playing videos would be charged.

"We will work on ensuring a minimum speed of 512Kbps to each user to make it a better experience. We will be very strict on user experience and uninterrupted service," said the Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of IT, Adarsh Shastri.

The government is trying to limit the data usage to 50 MB per day but the decision is not yet made.

"We will not fix a time but will restrict bandwidth. Internet will be charged on the basis of data usage per day. Once the data limit is exhausted, users can avail the service by paying for extra usage. Every day the system will be reset," Shastri said.

The IT department is in the process of identifying the hotspots along with the GSDA (Ground Water Survey and Development Agency) to set up the hotspots for the implementation of first phase.

As a part of developing Delhi’s Wi-Fi the government plans to set-up 50,000 to 80,000 hotspots.