World’s Longest Free Wi-Fi Zone in India

The 20 km long stretch over took China's 3.5 km free Wi-Fi zone
By Arshdeep Sarao, Epoch Times
February 21, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The longest Wi-Fi zone in the world, accessible across 20 km (12.4 miles), is located in one of the backward states of India. The stretch overtook China’s 3.5 km (2.2 miles) zone, which was considered the longest so far.

On Wednesday, Bihar state’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar unveiled the free Wi-Fi zone at the e-Bihar summit in Patna. Now, anyone traveling with an Internet-enabled device from NIT-Patna on Ashok Rajpath to Danapur can access the free Wi-Fi connectivity.

The launch has put the state on the world’s IT map. “Our state should now be the IT industry’s fave (favorite) destination,” Kumar said, according to media reports.

During the summit, Kumar also inaugurated “Dial 100” and “City Surveillance” services under which at least 100 CCTV cameras would be installed in the state capital for increased safety and security. A state-data center would store the data captured by these CCTV cameras.

Shahid Ali Khan, Information Technology minister, said at the occasion that free Wi-Fi facility would also be provided at all the tourist spots in the state.”

Recently, Bangalore became the first city in India to provide free Wi-Fi Internet services with speeds up to 512 kbps, at selected locations within the city. While Delhi and Ahmadabad cities have also promised such luxury soon.