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.