Uttarakhand has rolled out free Wi-Fi to connect to the remote villages via hot air balloons! The state is taking an innovative step forward towards digital India.
The Uttarakhand government rolled out free Wi-Fi services through an aerostat to provide internet services to remote villages. The authorities launched the service at the IT Park in the state capital Dehradun in the presence of the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.
“Anyone in the range will be able to connect to the Wi-Fi which will be free initially. Anybody will be able to log in without a password”
According to estimates, 680 of 16,870 villages in the Himalayan state lack mobile connectivity or internet. The aerostat technology was provided by IIT-Bombay. Each aerostat, which costs Rs 50 lakh to set up, can provide internet within a range of 7.5 km with download speed of 5 Mbps.
The Uttarakhand government had, in March, provided Wi-Fi services through solar power in the remote Ghes village in the Garhwal Hills.