VISAKHAPATNAM:The City of Destiny is all set to get free WiFi facility at public places. Officials of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), after accepting proposals from various service providers, are going to have a test run for free WiFi connectivity at several public places in the city this month.
The GVMC has accepted the proposals of leading telecom network BSNL, and another private service provider, which came forward to provide free WiFi. On a pilot basis, the two network providers will have trial runs at public places including Kailasagiri, VUDA Park and Beach Road (from Park hotel to RK Beach).
GVMC commissioner J Pravin Kumar said that the two companies have already set up their equipment for the trials, which are learnt to begin on July 6.
Meanwhile, another leading service provider, Reliance, has also approached the civic authorities to provide WiFi facility on the Beach Road from the Coastal Battery till the Park Hotel. The authorities are most likely to accept their proposal, trials for which also are likely to begin this month-end or next month.
According to the civic authorities, if the pilot project succeeds, they would identify other areas including commercial places and IT areas where there will be more student and tourist movement, and provide WiFi services. The GVMC will also request other establishments such as malls, multiplexes, public parks and public transport providers to set up free WiFi services to justify the Smart City title of Visakhapatnam.
- BSNL to conduct trials for free WiFi connectivity shortly at Kailasagiri, VUDA Park and Beach Road (Park hotel to RK Beach) on July 6.
- Reliance to run trials in a few weeks.