In one of the largest public Wi-Fi hotspot deployments in the country, Atria Convergence Technologies Ltd (ACT Fibernet) along with the state government has completed installing over 3,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots across Hyderabad over last three years as part of the Hy-Fi project. These hotspots cover public places such as metro stations, malls, government schools, police stations and Basti Dawakhanas, among others.
ACT Fibernet CEO, Bala Malladi, pointed out nearly four lakh people were using this service every month in the pre-pandemic period. The numbers dropped to around one lakh during the lockdown but eventually recovered to nearly three lakh. He said the company will review the usage of Wi-Fi services in some of the busy areas and in the coming days, may add another 500 hotspots.
Malladi, however, did not disclose the company’s investment and said this service was offered to the government pro-bono. Announcing the milestone, KT Rama Rao, minister for industries and IT, Telangana, said the initiative assumes importance in the “Covid world” where there is a higher thrust on digitisation. He also suggested that GHMC take up the responsibility of maintaining the Wi-Fi hotspots.