Cisco forms partnership with Google to roll out high speed free Wi-Fi zones across India with Google’s gStation. With this initiation Cisco to install 200 high speed wi-fi zones across Bengaluru in next 2 months, currently Bangaluru has 25 locations with free wi-fi zones.
With Cisco and Google partnership, Cisco to work with Google’s gStation platform to provide communities around the country access to a free, high-speed and open public Wi-Fi, announced at Cisco India Summit 2019 in Kochi.
High Speed Wi fi Zones Enabling Free Internet Access
Cisco and Google partnership with the aim to connect 1.3 billion Indians to the digital platform, the project has already begun. By next 2 months 200 locations will be covered across Bengaluru, followed by another 300 by in the second phase. Wi-fi zone locations will be public spaces like bus stops, hospitals, government offices, stations etc.
Making Wi-Fi hotspots Ubiquitous
TRAI report says – There is 1 WiFi hotspot for every 150 people worldwide, 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.
Public Wi-Fi also provides an opportunity to develop a broader connectivity ecosystem, which can not only benefit users and wireless ISPs but also telecom service providers, handset manufacturers, and venue owners.
According to the Cisco VNI report, nearly 59 percent of Internet traffic will be offloaded from cellular networks to Wi-Fi by 2022, wherein lies the tremendous opportunity for ubiquitous dispersion of Wi-Fi.