Itagar to get free Wi-Fi hotspots soon
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, April 26: The Aruchal Pradesh government is contemplating to provide free Wi-Fi hotspots at all-important public places in the state capital from Chimpu in Itagar to Kankar llah in harlagun.
Chief Minister Kalikho Pul hoped that the internet connectivity would benefit the students most as there are a number of reference books, online help centres and experts’ views available that can make the learning process very easy, an official report said here today.
Also it would help local business and farmers who could use Internet to better understand the market and predict the weather trends. The measure would be in line with the Prime Minister’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ programme that aims at boosting Internet connectivity across the country.
The Department of Information Technology would implement the service in select public places. The bandwidth service for the Wi-FI hotspots would be provided by State owned BSNL or some other private service provider.
A hotspot is a place that will offer Internet access over a Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) through an Internet service provider using Wi-Fi technology. Public Wi-Fi hotspot would allow the citizens to get free access to Internet on their Smartphone, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices.
To avail the benefit of Wi-Fi service in the twin city each user would have to register themselves by providing their basic info like me, e-mail, phone no etc that will be stored in the database server. An authentication in the form of One Time Password (OTP) or email would be sent to user to eble them to get connected to the Wi-Fi hotspot, the report said.
Security is always a big threat through Wi-Fi at public places and to ensure to establish well-regulated and proper watchdog system as mandatory, Firewall cum Unified Threat Magement (UTM) would be used to keep the users and network safe and secured from security threats.
The data usage shall be controlled through system administrator depending upon the number of registered users, the bandwidth capacity to be provided. All the social networking site would be monitored and remain under the scanner of the network administrator who would be deployed by the Department of Information Technology to oversee the usage of internet through Wi-Fi at public places as secure and transparent.
With the setting up of Wi-Fi hotspot in the twin city, the benefits of having a free and public wireless zone would be intrinsic to all mode of operation and would bridge the digital divide and send a sigl that the town is informed forward-thinking and ready to welcome positive change, the report added.