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NDMC-MTNL tie up to provide free Wi-fi & FTTH

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NEW DELHI: A fresh attempt is being made by the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to provide free Wi-Fi services in Connaught Place and Khan Market with a tie-up with the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd, after the first attempt lost credibility with complaints of slow or no connectivity.

The New Delhi Municipal Council Smart City Limited, a public limited company wholly owned by NDMC, has signed a joint venture with Millennium Telecom Limited (MTL) — a subsidiary of MTNL — to develop telecom access networks in NDMC areas to provide FTTH (Fibre to the Home) to the residents.

Earlier, the NDMC had entered into an agreement in this regard with Tata Teleservices in 2014 to provide the service in inner and outer circles of Connaught Place, one of the significant business and leisure centres in the city.

Similarly, NDMC had partnered with Tata Docomo to provide the facility in Khan Market. At present, the service can be availed by 5,000 people with an average speed of 512 Kbps. The first 20 minutes within a 24-hour period are entirely free after which scratch cards can be purchased in various denominations in the market.

But senior officials admit that the service has not functioned smoothly, though it is claimed that it worked well initially..

The project has also been listed on the civic body’s “Smart City” agenda in the budget for 2016-17 presented last week. It plans to begin the new services in Connaught Place and then proceed to further areas.

NDMC had in 2015 announced that all the areas under its jurisdiction will soon be a Wi-Fi zone and had joined hands with Indus Towers Limited to replace 18,500 street-light poles in its areas with ‘NextGen digital poles’ which will be fitted with Wi-Fi access points, LED bulbs and CCTV cameras which, it claimed, is first-of-its kind initiative in the world.

However, the project had a setback when Reliance Jio approached the Delhi High Court challenging the tender process and the NDMC has therefore floated fresh tenders.

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