Pune: World's first Wirefree City?
Date: Tuesday , May 02, 2006
In a major initiative towards making Pune the ‘world’s first wire-free city’ by 2007, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd. got together to announce their ‘Unwiring Pune’ dream project.
“PMC proposes to deliver easy, seamless Internet connectivity to its citizens, businesses and academic institutions across the 400 square km area of the city,” PMC Commissioner Nitin Kareer said.
Intel is expected to submit a detailed technical study on the ‘Unwiring Pune Project’ in the next three months, he said, adding that the project would be implemented within one year after the technical report gets the necessary approval. Intel has suggested deploying WiMAX (worldwide interoperability for microwave access) and Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) technologies to empower Pune with high-speed wireless Internet. Intel will also provide information and training to PMC functionaries in wireless technology.
Kareer said available data showed that Pune had the largest Internet-user base in the country, and connectivity indoors as well as on the roads was equally important for the city’s tech-savvy population. Explaining the pricing, Kareer said, “The payment mechanism will be something similar to the recharge cards used by mobile phone service providers.”