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Bangalore's M.G. Road and Brigade Road to offer free wifi from January 24


Bangalore's M.G. Road and Brigade Road to offer free wifi from January 24
Visitors to Bangalore’s commercial hubs: MG Road and Brigade Road and four other locations in the city can enjoy free wireless Internet connectivity starting from January 24. Called ‘Namma Wifi’, it will be first of its kind service in the country. It will be formally launched near Metro station on M.G. Road.

The government has tied up with D-VoiS, a private internet service provider, to execute the project, and the bills will be footed by the State.

To access free wifi in the hotspots, any person having a Wi-Fi enabled device - a smart phone or tablet - will need to open their browswer, which will take them to the “Namma Wifi” page. After entering their mobile number a password would be sent to them. Once the password is keyed in, the user can browse the net free for 30 minutes in 24 hours. Sources say the speed will be limited to 512 kbps. Moreover, there will be restrictions on accessing certain websites.

The service will also be available at Traffic and Transmit Management Centres (TTMCs) at Shanthinagar, Yeshwanthpur and Koramangala, besides CMH Road in Indiranagar, sources in the IT department said.

The Karnataka government is also planning to provide similar service in Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli-Dharwad and some other towns in north Karnataka in the coming months.

The idea of providing free Wi-Fi access on these two busy stretches was mooted by Karnataka Information and Communication Technology Group (KIG-2020) headed by technocrat T V Mohandas Pai in its recommendations to the government. Pai said KIG felt that the IT capital needed to have a few free Wi-Fi  zones.