Karnataka government has partnered with internet service providers ACT Fibernet to launch 100 public Wi-Fi hotspots in Malleshwaram, Bangalore. The launch event was attended by several dignitaries and officials, including Dr. Ashwath Narayan C N, Minister of Electronics, Information Technology – Biotechnology, Science and Technology, Higher Education, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and, Livelihood.
The inauguration of these public Wi-Fi hotspots is the first of its kind in Bangalore, said the company. Users can access the free internet service by logging in to the ACT Free Wi-Fi portal using their phone number and one-time password (OTP). Once authenticated, users can enjoy high-speed internet access at 25 Mbps with a data limit of 1 GB for a duration of 45 minutes, without any charge. These Wi-Fi hotspots are strategically placed across various locations in Malleshwaram, including public parks, metro stations, bus stands, educational institutions, malls, and other public places.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ashwath Narayan C N, said, “We are happy to announce the launch of free Wi-Fi hotspots in collaboration with ACT Fibernet. This initiative will help in eliminating the digital divide, enabling individuals and communities to flourish in today's connected world. We believe that internet access is a necessity in today's world, and we are determined to make it a reality for everyone. Our collaboration with ACT Fibernet is a key step toward achieving this goal and we look forward to working together in the future.”
Bala Malladi, CEO Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT), said, “ACT Fibernet believes that access to the internet is a basic necessity for all citizens, and it is their responsibility to bridge the digital divide and make internet access available to everyone. Our goal is to ensure that every citizen has access to high-speed and reliable internet. Bangalore being an IT city with a mobile population, public Wi-Fi is a must-have amenity for a smart city, enabling easy connectivity for work and access to public services amongst others. We are honoured to be associated with the esteemed project of the Government of Karnataka and contribute in our own meaningful way.”
ACT Fibernet said that it has been driving the development of fibre broadband internet in India since 2000 and is the largest non-telco ISP in the country today. The company said it is committed to providing high-quality internet services to its customers and supporting the Indian government's vision of a digitally connected India. The collaboration with the Government of Karnataka is a significant step in bridging the digital gap and making internet access available to everyone.