August 13, 2015
Based on the Coimbatore Corporation’s decision to provide WiFi service in important parts of Coimbatore, the next area after Race Course to become WiFi-enabled would be Peelamedu.
The Corporation has allotted an initial amount of Rs.15 crores for this purpose. Four service providers have been involved in this initiative. They will provide free 4G broadband service on a trial basis for three months, after which an amount will be decided.
Based on the estimate they provided, four agencies, namely, Reliance Jio Infocom Limited, Indus Towers private Limited (Airtel), Aircel and Blue Ultraband Internet Services Limited had submitted their quotations in places where they could provide 4G broadband services.
Reliance Jio Infocom Limited had given a plan for providing 4G services in Race Course area, Corporation office area, Raja Street and Ganapathy bus stand area. Similarly, Indus Towers Private Limited offered services in 6.8 km of Avinashi Road from PSG Tech to SITRA and also on a 1.25 km stretch of Trichy Road from Clock Tower to Government Arts College area.
Blue Ultraband Internet Services Limited has offered to cover the bus stands in Gandhipuram, Ukkadam, Singanallur and New Bus stand on Mettupalayam Road and in Bharathi Park area.
All these three agencies agreed to provide free service at these places for a period of three months on trial basis. Following that, the Corporation authorities decided to charge Rs.6,300 per metre per year, as per Government guidelines, for laying optical fibre cable below the Corporation roads from these companies, a deposit of Rs.2 lakhs each from these companies for fixing WiFi instruments on the electrical lamp posts owned by the Corporation, and to provide free WiFi services in the selected areas on trial basis for a period of three 3 months.
A rate will be fixed for the WiFi service after the 3-month trial period and after the total payment by the service providers to the Corporation. Accordingly, the three-month free WiFi services were started last month in Race course area and that is being used by college students and other public.
Following that, the process for commencing similar service on Avinashi Road is in full swing. Referring to this work, Corporation officials said that the fixing of WiFi instruments is in progress on the 6.8 km stretch of Avinashi Road from PSG Tech and it was likely to be completed and made available for public use in the next few weeks.