India planning to give free WiFi to more than 1,000 villages

Recently, Tech giants like Facebook and Google have been puzzling how to get hundreds of millions of Indians browse online at cheaper rate or even free.

Just few hours ago, the Indian government is about to provide free WiFi to 1,050 villages across the country under a new pilot project named Digital Village.

For the next six months, each village will get its own WiFi hotspot mounted on a special tower to which villagers can connect using their cell phones.

Global tech firms and Indian internet providers are in a race to connect a population of more than 900 million people to the net.

Google recently installed its own free WiFi service at over 100 railway stations across India, while Facebook is also on its way to offer limited internet access to consumers for free ran into regulatory hurdles.

According to the initial phase of the new government program will cost about $62 million. It will later spread to other parts of the country.

Aruna Sundararajan, an official at the Indian Ministry of Electronics and information Technology said, the program aims to “provide basic development services to rural areas using digital technology.”

Those include interactive education and medical services as well as basic internet access, He said.

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