Indian government plans to provide free Wi-Fi to more than 1000 villages across the country under a new pilot project known as Digital Village. Over the next six months, each village will get its own Wi-Fi hotspot mounted on a special tower to which villagers can connect using their cell phones. Many people do not even know that free Wi-Fi exists. Evidently, if there ever was an underutilized public Wi-Fi terminal, it would be the biggest waste of government investment, but as it, turns out there are citizens who have been living in free-Wi-Fi areas who barely know that they exist. Bangalore, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai have a fair Wi-Fi coverage. Major airports and railway stations in India do offer Wi-Fi, which are either free or paid, Rupees 60 to rupees 100 an hour.
However, there are a few challenges on the way to make India a country with free WIFI connections.
If it is free, everyone will use it and abuse it. All will share free bandwidth within reach and suddenly it will become so overloaded as to be useless. Though Indian central government working on a project to reach each village panchayat via fiber.
Kolkata’s free public Wi-Fi network sees download of about 1,350 GB of data per day, coming from about 5 lakh users (as of February 2015). While that is a lot, there seems to be an equal amount of users who are stranded without it or are unable to connect because the system cannot handle any more people. Mumbai will only cater the first 5,000 customers who log on. To avoid this crisis, cities have limited free Wi-Fi data caps that you log you out once your 50 MB of browsing is done so that the next person gets a chance.
Nevertheless, it may take few more years. The Indian Government has embraced Wireless Fidelity and is spreading the wireless mesh by setting up Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) in Indian metros. Even if you do manage to hook on to a free Wi-Fi network, chances are you may not be going anywhere.