Airtel, Bharti Infra, Reliance Jio, Orange Softech, Ortel and Vodafone Selected for Bhubaneswar City WiFi PoC

Airtel,-Bharti Infra,-Jio,-Orange-Softech,-Ortel-and-Vodafone-Selected-for-Bhubaneswar-City-WiFi-PoCAirtel, Bharti Infratel, Reliance Jio, Orange Softech, Ortel and Vodafone have been selected for WiFi service deployment at public places for Bhubaneswar City WiFi Proof of Concept (PoC) project.

The PoC will focus on parameters like: Reliability & robustness; Compatibility of overall eco-system; Cost effectiveness; Timeliness; Customer feedback; Best of the breed technology; Reporting, regulatory and security compliance; Legal interception; Leveraging existing infrastructure; User friendliness; and Meeting Bhubaneswar city expectations.

As per scope of work, the operator will design, build, operate and manage WiFi services during the PoC period of four weeks, at one of the ten locations. The locations are: Utkal university campus and Sahid Nagar; Market building, Secretariat and IG Park; Biju Patnaik College Road, Pal Heights and May Fair; Forest Park Area, Biju Pattnaik Park and Airport; KIIT University, Infocity and Damana; Lingraj Temple area; Surya Nagar, Governor house and OUAT; Nandan Kannan and Botanical Garden; Khandagiri, Jagamara and ITER; and Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Master Canteen and Ashok Nagar.

All these operators need to provide high speed Internet services (minimum 512 Kbps) with wireless network at its own cost.

Speaking to TeleAnalysis, Manas Ranjan Panda, director, STPI Bhubaneswar said, “All the six operators have been given specific zones in Bhubaneswar Municipal Area to conduct WiFi PoC. The PoC will be operational by 15th of July and then it would be opened up for public experience for a month.”

“Once the public scrutiny is over, the complete feedback will be incorporated for preparing RFP for Bhubaneswar City WiFi,” added Panda.

Commenting on the business model, Manas Ranjan said, “Bhubaneswar WiFi project will be based on sustainable model.”

The government of Odisha has entrusted Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) for Bhubaneswar City WiFi project and is the nodal agency for City WiFi project.

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