The state is now connected to Internet across cities and villages, a unique achievement
In keeping with its reputation as the Silicon city of India, Bengaluru today can boast of free Wi-Fi being available at most of the tourist spots within the city.
Now It has been extended to more areas and from December residents of 500 gram panchayats across the state began using Wi-Fi services to access the internet from the comfort of their homes.
The state government initiative to provide 2,560 gram panchayats with free Wi-Fi was launched at the inaugural session of the Bengaluru Technology Summit on November 1 by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
With more than 90 per cent of the state’s villages covered under the Bharatnet programme of the state-owned BSNL, providing Wi-Fi services to the villages did not pose much of a challenge, officials said.
In November last year, a pilot project was launched in 11 villages and now the project will scale up rapidly to include all 2,560 gram panchayats by the end of the financial year. The Wi-Fi services will be provided up to a range of 1 kilometre from the Gram Panchayat office. Villagers can browse the internet at high speeds for the first 100 MB after which there would be a speed reduction or a fee. Keonics is the implementing partner for this service.
“While we continue to remain the leaders in the IT industry across the country, it is my dream to see Bengaluru and Karnataka become a global destination for the IT and biotech sectors. We are working towards this by launching incubators in other cities like Kalaburagi, Hubbali and Mysuru as well,” Siddaramaiah says.
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