The Union Cabinet, on Wednesday, gave its assent to the proposal by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for setting up a public wireless internet or Wi-Fi network, with easily accessible public WiFi hotspots across the country.
The countrywide Wi-Fi network would work through public data offices (PDOs) spread across the length and breadth of the country.
The Public Wi-Fi Access Network Interface will be known as PM-WANI. The entire infrastructure for the new network would consist of PDOs, who will establish, maintain and operate WANI compliant access points.
Further, Public Data Office Aggregator (PDOAs) would be an aggregator for PDOs and perform functions relating to authorisation and accounting.