By:Mohan Lal Verma
Municipal Corporation Shimla is among one of the pioneer cities in India to provide a free wi-fi Facilities on pilot basis, to the general public.
Tikender Singh Panwar, Deputy Mayor, confirmed the news while addressing media persons here today that local citizens of Shimla city including tourists and artists can avail this facility from 31stMay 2015 to 07th June 2015.
Considering that the city would be celebrating its one of the most awaited occasion of Shimla Summer Festival which will attract tourists from all around the world, the free wi-fi services will not only facilitate the tourists and local citizens, but will also brand the image of Shimla city as an upcoming high tech destination.
This will facilitate large number of general public to have a feel of free and seamless Internet access during summer festival and as an initiative towards Smart City project of Government of India. The free wi-fi service will cover areas adjoining the Ridge, Scandal point and parts of central Mall Road.
To provide the services Municipal Corporation has installed seven routers (access points) which will be giving wi-fi service at various locations such as Padam Dev Complex, State Library, near HPMC counter, Ashiana Hotel, Gaiety Theatre, Old SMC building and Scandal P
The range of each router would cover an approximate area of 150m radius where the general public would be able to avail free w-ifi services. To avail the free the service, a passkey would be sent to the user’s registered mobile number, using which the user would be able to log into the wifi homepage in compliance to all security norms. The users would get a speed of 1 mbps and each user would be getting 2 hours per day time for free wi-fi usage.
Each user could choose to make a comment on the Shimla MC or facebook page as they will land on the SMC facebook page immediately after login. The provision of free wi-fi services at the core area of city will set a platform in gauging the services vis-à-vis to gear up for covering the entire city with wi-fi services in near future.
To initiate this vision of Municipal Corporation Shimla of free wifi Service, M/s Aura Ventures Pvt. Ltd., has been engaged to implement this system technically in Shimla city for a proof of concept. The Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh would inaugurate the free wi-fi services and Airtel and M/a Airtight Private Limited are providing the bandwidth for the system.