Cisco to roll out free high-speed Wi-Fi zones across India with gStation, the company said in its statement. The announcement was made at the Cisco India Summit 2019 in Kochi, Cisco will work with Google’s gStation platform to provide communities around the country access to a free, open, high-quality public Wi-Fi.
In line with the shared vision of connecting 1.3 billion Indians to the digital economy, the project has already begun its first phase of implementation. By September 2019, 200 locations in Bengaluru will be Wi-Fi enabled, followed by another 300 by in the second phase. The Locations include public spaces like bus stops, hospitals, government offices, etc.
Sameer Garde, President, Cisco India & SAARC, commented, “We are excited to partner with Google to bring free, open, high-quality internet access to everyone in India. This also represents a significant growth opportunity, the demand for public Wi-Fi hotspots is expected to go up by 100X over the next 3 years, creating new markets for Cisco and our partners.”
In addition, recently a TRAI report revealed that globally there is 1 WiFi hotspot for every 150 people, and in India, 8 million additional hotspots must be installed to achieve the same ratio, creating new market opportunities for infrastructure providers and internet service providers. India has only 52,000 Wi-Fi hotspots today, necessitating a proactive strategy to make high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots ubiquitous across the country.
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