Pune – India’s first Wi-Fi City

Leaving Bangalore and Hyderabad behind, which are respectively known as India’s Silicon Valley and Cyber City, Pune becomes India’s first Wi-Fi city. Pune will have a high-speed wireless internet network even before the central government of India announces its Spectrum policy. This will enable people to access the internet from anywhere in Pune city, wirelessly through their Laptops and PDAs. The project “Unwiring Pune” was jointly announced by global chipmaker Intel Corp and Pune Municipal Corporation in March 2006 and is starting operation from this month of April, 2007. Intel, along with Chennai-based Microsense, will establish infrastructure for a wireless communication network covering the entire 280 km of Pune within the next coupla of years.

The initial phase of the project will Wi-Fi areas of Sambhaiji Garden, Gangali Maharaj Road and the premises of the civic body. The next in the phase will include that of Aundh, Baner and Balewadi. Users will have to pay a very minimal amount of Rs. 250 (~ $5.6) per month.

Pune, a fast developing IT hotspot and a hub of students, has a huge potential for high internet usage. Earlier, farmers in Maharastra’s Baramati district, for the first in the country, used WiMAX to get information about the international agriculture market.

  • Baramati is not a district, it is a taluka place.
    Nice post!

  • Baramati is not a district, it is a taluka place.
    Nice post!

  • That's cool.. and 250 bucks is cheap! I'm wondering when will this be implemented in Bangalore.

  • That's cool.. and 250 bucks is cheap! I'm wondering when will this be implemented in Bangalore.

  • This is seriously cool! I understand this is not available in Mumbai, but is it at all possible to get a decent always on broadband connection without having a cable operator in the middle? Also without phone modem or MTNL..

  • This is seriously cool! I understand this is not available in Mumbai, but is it at all possible to get a decent always on broadband connection without having a cable operator in the middle? Also without phone modem or MTNL..

  • @Walmik - In fact, I've coupla of idea that I want to do. And this can apply to both home or office though reducing the redundant connections for home. Of course, I don't like to be online all the time, so it is fine if I am not online when I am traveling.

    The other day, I saw a 2 port router load balancer for your broadband at Croma. I asked them if they have something like a 4 or an 8 port (though 4 should be enough) load balancer. They think that it is on the way. Once you get hold of one of these, take about 3 broadband connections (MTNL even have 2 mbps) - MTNL, a local cable provider and other like Sify. So, from all these difference sources, load balance them through the broadband load balancer, back-up (whatever) and push it through your W-Fi which I suppose should be boosted with a booster antenna or use one of those new G thingy. I am pretty sure with this setup, you'll have good broadband anywhere within the vicinity of your Society Building.

  • @Walmik - In fact, I've coupla of idea that I want to do. And this can apply to both home or office though reducing the redundant connections for home. Of course, I don't like to be online all the time, so it is fine if I am not online when I am traveling.

    The other day, I saw a 2 port router load balancer for your broadband at Croma. I asked them if they have something like a 4 or an 8 port (though 4 should be enough) load balancer. They think that it is on the way. Once you get hold of one of these, take about 3 broadband connections (MTNL even have 2 mbps) - MTNL, a local cable provider and other like Sify. So, from all these difference sources, load balance them through the broadband load balancer, back-up (whatever) and push it through your W-Fi which I suppose should be boosted with a booster antenna or use one of those new G thingy. I am pretty sure with this setup, you'll have good broadband anywhere within the vicinity of your Society Building.

  • Wow, it sounds nice but this is ultimately involving cable operator and mtnl and Sify(thats again cable operator managed)!... i m not against mtnl, but it means i must get a landline(which ll take some time to acquire and one redundant phone number).. I m definitely AGAINST cable operators!

    A sure shot solution could be if there is a satellite nearby which provides high speed internet connection one can possibly arrange a connection with the company or a company which has a high speed data connection over the satellite. maybe a local telecommunications companies who can provide this service. but this will beam in an awesome connection but blow the money right thru the roof!

    I m sure there has to be a better and reasonably priced way of doing this.

  • Wow, it sounds nice but this is ultimately involving cable operator and mtnl and Sify(thats again cable operator managed)!... i m not against mtnl, but it means i must get a landline(which ll take some time to acquire and one redundant phone number).. I m definitely AGAINST cable operators!

    A sure shot solution could be if there is a satellite nearby which provides high speed internet connection one can possibly arrange a connection with the company or a company which has a high speed data connection over the satellite. maybe a local telecommunications companies who can provide this service. but this will beam in an awesome connection but blow the money right thru the roof!

    I m sure there has to be a better and reasonably priced way of doing this.

  • Hemanshu Shah

    Hey,

    Where can we get this connection from? I am in Baner and willing to pay and get the service as soon as available. But have no idea where to contact.

    Thanks in advance!!

    -Hemanshu

  • Hemanshu Shah

    Hey,

    Where can we get this connection from? I am in Baner and willing to pay and get the service as soon as available. But have no idea where to contact.

    Thanks in advance!!

    -Hemanshu

  • AVTARSINGH

    I WANT INTERNET AT HOME AT COST OF 300 P/M

  • AVTARSINGH

    I WANT INTERNET AT HOME AT COST OF 300 P/M

  • N.Satheeskumar

    Hi,

    This is sathees from Microsense, We are doing "Unwire Pune Project".

    So you can contact me through my mail.

    Thanks,
    Sathees

  • N.Satheeskumar

    Hi,

    This is sathees from Microsense, We are doing "Unwire Pune Project".

    So you can contact me through my mail.

    Thanks,
    Sathees

  • Sorry for nitpicking, but it's Jangli Maharaj Road (not Gangli). I move back to Pune this month. Hope it's still working and there's info on how to subscribe to it. Good article.

  • Sorry for nitpicking, but it's Jangli Maharaj Road (not Gangli). I move back to Pune this month. Hope it's still working and there's info on how to subscribe to it. Good article.

  • pradeep

    when this service will be avaialbe in baner ??

  • pradeep

    when this service will be avaialbe in baner ??

  • Mayursawant

    when this wifi service is going to start in the entire pune???

  • Rajeev Kumar

    Hello, Brajeshwar ji I known banglore is the first city where use wi-fi firstly

  • Venuavireni

    vijayawada also needs this

  • threezerous

    This blog is of 2007. Does anybody know the status of municipal wi-fi in pune? Is it still available. Has PMC gained any benefit out of it? Was the project pursued to its completion and its success/failure tracked?

  • Hardik

    Hello sir,
    what is the capital cost to establish wifi mash in city per km radius or per square km?