PM WANI WiFi scheme means wireless internet connectivity to India
DoT invites registration under the PM-WANI framework There will be no licence fee or registration for PDO (Public Data Office) for providing Wi-Fi internet. PDO could be small shops or even Common Service Centres,” communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday.
The registration process is an online process and will be completed within 7 working days of the receipt of applications.
What is WANI framework?
While delivery of broadband is possible through different media and technologies, under the WANI framework, it is envisaged that last mile broadband connectivity, where the consumer accesses broadband services, will be through a network of public Wi-Fi access points. The backhaul requirement for these Wi-Fi access points will be met by procuring internet bandwidth from the telecom service providers/internet service providers. Under the distributed architecture and unbundling of functions, the WANI eco-system will be operated by different players who are described herein under
Public Data Office (PDO): It will establish, maintain, and operate only WANI compliant Wi-Fi Access Points and deliver broadband services to subscribers.
Public Data Office Aggregator (PDOA): It will be an aggregator of PDOs and perform the functions relating to Authorization and Accounting.
App Provider: It will develop an App to register users and discover WANI compliant Wi-Fi hotspots in the nearby area and display the same within the App for accessing the internet service.
Central Registry: It will maintain, in accordance with the WANI architecture and specifications, the details of App Providers, PDOAs, and PDOs. To begin with, the Central Registry will be maintained by C-DoT.
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