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Pune plans to be world's first 'wirefree' city

Source: PTI
March 22, 2006 15:16 IST
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Pune has embarked on an ambitious project, which on being implemented would be first of its kind anywhere in the world: a digital revolution of unwiring the city.

Intel India has been selected as the chief technology consultant for the project by the Pune Municipal Corporation.

"We are visualising a wirefree city in which reliable Internet access would be available to everyone. For this we have entered into a tie-up with Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd. PMC proposes to deliver easy, seamless Internet connectivity to its citizens, businesses and academic institutions across the 400 square km area of the city," PMC Commissioner Nitin Kareer said.

About the cost of the project, he said it was still not known though the Corporation has already made an allocation of Rs 7 crore (Rs 70 million) for it.

Intel is expected to submit a detailed technical study on the 'Unwiring Pune Project' in the next three months, he said, adding that the project would be implemented within one year after the technical report gets the necessary approval.

Intel has suggested deploying WiMAX (worldwide interoperability for microwave access) and Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) technologies to empower Pune with high-speed wireless Internet.

Rich Echevarrai, vice president, Intel Software and Solutions Group, on Wednesday held a presentation on the project aimed at 'Unwiring Pune' in the presence of Mayor Rajani Tribhuvan, and Kareer.

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