, the capital of the state of Karnataka
, will become the first city in India to offer free wireless internet to residents.
A government-appointed ICT panel called the Karnataka ICT Group recommended the creation of two internet hotspots in popular shopping destinations in the city earlier this year.
“A smartphone revolution is happening in India, but connectivity is still an issue here”, stated Mohandas Pai, Chairman of the ICT panel. “We wanted to provide seamless internet access to people.
A pilot test has been initiated, and is expected to run for six months. A local internet service provider has been selected to run the pilot. “Once the pilot finishes, we will talk to other private ISPs and figure out a revenue-sharing model”, said Pai.
The ICT Group will evaluate the network and announce possible expansion plans once the pilot is finished.