The BMC has plan to provide unlimited access to WiFi at public places across the city. The BMC is currently working with the internet and communication experts hoping to roll out the WiFi service by the end of this year. It is said that the WiFi service would be cheaper than the present charges which will cover the city and well as suburbs areas. There are information which says the WiFi hotspots will also include BEST buses.
BMC has planned on going wireless last year itself, but this project was conserved for the BMC headquarters, 24 ward offices, four zonal offices and four civic hospitals. According to the reported information, it is pointed that project’s first phase will cover south Mumbai, and the city’s business hubs like Bandra Kurla Complex, and education institutes including the Mumbai university.
Such a project had also come up in 2008 wherein a plan was decided for implementing BMC’s plans to cover the entire city with WiFi coverage. But over the course of time, this initiative has failed due to non-availability of technical feasibility. The WiFi project has re-emerged because of the presence of Tata Consultancy Services (BMC’s e-governance initiative) and such a move will leapfrog Mumbai into the league of other world cities. Presenting WiFi on a giant scale will also act as a boon for several other aspects like presenting crime-fighting cameras and giving cops better data capabilities while on patrol.
Considering that such a plan will be cheaper than other such services, BMC will provide a beneficial facility on the go. However, BMC will need to address certain critical issues like security, efficiency & servicing before this plan goes into operation. The civil body will also need to run a comprehensive security suite and keep it up to date to prevent spyware and viruses. If the recent hackings and password losses are anything to go by, then the aspect of security is highlighted as the notable issue.
If this new intiavtive by BMC does indeed go through, it would be interesting to see how it would be implemented.