Q. 1. How do you define public wifi? Kindly suggest case studies on public wifi from other parts of the world?
- City of Adelaide Attracts Visitors with Free Outdoor Wi-Fi . Link: http://goo.gl/iPsJj1
- Case study: Birmingham rolls out free public Wi-Fi. Link: http://goo.gl/b1j189
- Case study: City of York connects citizens with Ruckus Wi-Fi. Link: http://goo.gl/zU5hfR
- Global Developments in Public Wi-Fi - Wireless Broadband. Link: http://goo.gl/zngKHJ
- Rethinking Wireless for the Developing World. Link: http://goo.gl/ZOCK0r
Q. 2. A. What should be the ideal level of access to public wifi? Can it be made available right upto your doorstep?
Q. 3. What is the infrastructure and technology required to create the public WiFi network?
- Google balloons, “cell towers in the sky,” can serve 4G to a whole state. Ars Technica - Link: http://goo.gl/Nw1cAG
- Inside Project Loon: Google's internet in the sky is almost open for business. The Verge: Link: http://goo.gl/oKlrTc
- This is how Google will control Project Loon balloons’ altitudes. The Next Web - Link: http://tnw.me/9K59Ak0
Q. 6. What could be a model that makes public WiFi viable, sustainable and scalable in terms of usage, tech and financials?
Financial viability: Wherever, applicable, a small processing fee can be charged for Government services offered through the government portal accessible through the public WiFi network. Corporate advertisements on the network can be explored. Also, the portal can act as a marketplace/platform for buyers and sellers with small fee for each transaction.
Q. 7. Can public WiFi network be made financially self-sustainable if viewed from the welfare service perspective alone?
Q. 8. Should there be multiple operators or an exclusive operator in a well-defined zone of the city?
Q. 9. What could be the operating architecture that brings all the stakeholders together?
Q. 10. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a private enterprise model vis a vis a PSU model?
- Responsiveness towards customers/clients: Private enterprises are generally more responsive towards grievances of customers with respect to the delivery of service. Especially, in maintaining high reliability and continuity of services.
- Faster decision making: Private enterprises are more nimble in taking decisions as they are not hobbled by the bureaucratic tape of the government sector.
- Innovation: Private enterprises are more receptive to innovation and adoption of new technologies as opposed to the generally monolithic Public Sector Units.
- Profit being the primary motive, private companies may eventually focus more on making money (either directly through tariffs or, indirectly through targeted advertising at the cost of customer experience).