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Park Street goes Wi-Fi

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated ‘free’ Wi-Fi facility at Park Street on Thursday evening by tweeting on her handle in English and Bengali. Reliance Jio is offering the facility “initially at no cost subject to fair usage for individual customers”.

kolkata Updated: Feb 06, 2015 12:15 IST
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Chief minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated ‘free’ Wi-Fi facility at Park Street on Thursday evening by tweeting on her handle in English and Bengali.

Reliance Jio is offering the facility “initially at no cost subject to fair usage for individual customers”.

“What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow. This has become once again true today. Kolkata’s name now has entered the cutting edge digital world map,” Mamata proudly announced asking other Indian metros to follow Kolkata.

Mamata added that Salt Lake, Newtown-Rajarhat, Barasat and Howrah too will be Wi-Fi enabled by April.

“Chief secretary Sanjoy Mitra please meet all DMs to make districts Wi- Fi. I am happy to know from Burdwan DM that such a facility will soon be introduced in Burdwan town,” Mamata said.

According to the chief minister, Reliance Jio has already laid 2,000 km of underground optic fibre in Kolkata and another 250300 km is left, which would be over in weeks and Kolkata will be Wi-Fi enabled by April-end.

“Kolkata is country’s first Wi- Fi city and world’s first knowledg e hub,” Mamata proudly announced after the inauguration.

Mayor Sovan Chatterjee who was present on the occasion, opened his Twitter account.

“This is my first Tweet. My journey on Twitter starts with Wi-Fi Kolkata. I am proud that Kolkata has becomes the first Wi-Fi city in India,” Chatterjee Tweeted.

Mamata assured assistance to Reliance Jio on setting up towers and poles in the city. “They would require around 1,000 poles to make the whole of Kolkata Wi-Fi. Initially they have proposed to set up 216 towers and KMC properties too would be offered for setting up towers but against a premium rate,” the mayor said.

The Wi-Fi speed at Park Street would be around 144 Mbps for downloadable and 141 Mbps for uploading files.

The first mobile phone service in the country was launched when Modi Telstra patched through a call in 1995 between then chief minister Jyoti Basu in Kolkata and then Union Telecom Minister Sukh Ram in Delhi.

The service is available for public from 6 PM and initially would be offered free, subject to fair usage, a company release said.

The Trinamool Congress has also created a hashtag #WiFiKolkata on Twitter to promote the initiative.