Kathmandu Metropolitan has completed an agreement to install free WiFi in 6 areas of Kathmandu. To build the network for free WiFi in Kathmandu, Kathmandu Metro and World link has done a contract, which has been signed on Sunday.
Chief administrative officer of Metropolitan Mr. Dhaniram Sharma and Director in Worldlink communication, Mr. Bijay Kumar Jalan has inked the deal. After the deal, World link will build the free WiFi hot-spots in six different areas within sixty areas. They will add up another 30 days in case of any unavoidable reasons for timely completion of the work.
The six different areas for Free Wifi in Kathmandu will be:
Although the no of WiFi hotspots re fixed for now, they will increase the hotpot number and bandwidth according to the increase in customers and demand. The maximum no of such hotspots will be put in Pashupati due to the size and people’s gathering there. WorldLink is installing the equipment from themselves and provide the other required on their own. Equipment is just one time but the regular incur of the internet bandwidth usage is a key issue.
They are going to provide 30 minutes of free WiFi per day. After that, customer need to pay for WiFi usage. The bandwidth of internet in each area is known to 10 Mbps.
KMNP (Kathmandu Mahanagarpalika) will gradually increase this sort of Free Wifi to more areas of Kathmandu. Equally important are the Government offices for their information, Hospitals, Airports, bus parks where people’s gathering is more high.
It seems a good idea to provide Free WiFi to the people in public places. But the feasibility and sustainability of such Free WiFi is always questioned. The issue also remains the real target or impact of this free WiFi to public.
If the Government is ensuring a policy for basic internet connectivity to all people except the high bandwidth content, this kind of Free Wifi equipment and service will be very useful for people. Hope this free Wifi project sustains and the control for informative and useful content also be the there for Fair usage and bandwidth management.