India is becoming more internet-dependent. The lockdown open people’s eyes and made them realize that to grow, they need the internet connection. It soon created a “work from anywhere” environment. Consequently, the need of mobile data grew. However, that rising demand, coupled with the recent AGR dues controversy, caused to mobile data costs to grow sigh high.
Thankfully, the government had another trick in its sleeve. It is known as the PM WANI Scheme.
To turn India into an internet-state, the government of India introduced this scheme. Its motive is simple; turn every small shop, grocery and departmental store into a place that provides wireless internet connectivity to the subscribes.
This article gives you an overview about this scheme.
This scheme was introduced in late 2020. After the rise of COVID 19, most companies were working offsite, relying on internet connection to keep their business afloat. Inspired by these events and finally recognizing what non-stop internet connectivity could mean for the Indian economy, the government of India came up with the PM WANI initiative.
To provide internet access, the scheme suggests setting up multiple WANI sectors across urban and rural areas. To manage them, the following entities will come into play:
If you want to set up your own Public Data Office, you can do so by applying for it (for free) via the PM Wani online portal. Here is the list of documents you need to apply for the license:
You can get a complete explanation of these documents here.
The scheme is trying to change the face of India’s telecom sector. Whether it will achieve success at it, it remains to be seen. However, for now, if you are willing to push forward and earn an additional income stream for your store, go for the PM WANI initiative and establish your store as a WAI-compliant hotspot.
But remember, even if the application process is free of charge, the chances that it will get accepted in one go is slim. Therefore, it is better to reach out to experts that can help you fill out the application form so that it can get accepted without any issues.