Wi-Fi data vouchers may soon be available at your local kirana store


The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) has developed a new mass market Public Data Office (PDO) tech solution that will soon deliver low-cost Wi-Fi solutions across the country, according to a report in the Economic Times. This new development is likely to enable you to buy Wi-Fi data vouchers, similar to mobile recharge cards, from nearby kirana stores and local street vendors sometime in the near future. Government-owned telecom research and development centre, C-DoT, is expected to unveil its PDO solution today.

The new solution will enable kirana shops and other local stores armed with a PDO device to sell Wi-Fi data vouchers at denominations as low as ₹10, said the report. The service is expected to be provided over a licence-free ISM (Industrial, Scientific, and Medical) band. According to the report, the tech solution features hardware and software elements including a Wi-Fi access point along with e-KYC (Know Your Customer), OTP (One-time Password) authentication, and a voucher management mechanism.

The electrically powered device, priced under ₹50,000, will also include a billing system. C-DoT will reportedly be transferring its PDO technology to twenty odd manufacturing partners, including Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd. (HFCL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL), and ITI Ltd., for commercial production of the devices. The Economic Times has also reported that according to C-DoT, small retailers or shop owners in semi-urban or rural areas can use free-to-use frequency available in 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz bands, which enable radio spectrum access without the need of any regulations or restrictions, and with no interference challenges.

[Source: The Economic Times]