PM-WANI (Wi-Fi Access Network Interface) – UPSC Prelims

  • PM-WANI stands for PM Wi-Fi Access Network Interface.
  • Aim: To enable easily accessible public Wi-Fi hotspots spread across the country.
  • How it will be implemented? 
    • Public Data Office(PDO): It will establish, maintain and operate only WANI compliant Wi-Fi Access Points and deliver broadband services to subscribers.
    • Public Data Office Aggregator(PDOA): It will be an aggregator of PDOs and perform the functions relating to Authorization and Accounting.
    • App Provider: It will develop an App to register users and discover WANI compliant Wi-Fi hotspots in the nearby area and display the same within the App for accessing the internet service.
    • Central Registry: It will maintain the details of App Providers, PDOAs and PDOs. To begin with, the Central Registry will be maintained by Centre for Development of Telematic (C-DOT).
  • There would be no licence fee for providing broadband internet through these public Wi-Fi networks.

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