Bhadra, a sleepy and nondescript town of 40,000 people in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan, has created history by becoming the first city in India to be completely covered by Wi-Fi.
The residents of the town can now access the Internet, check emails and use mobile apps anywhere within the area limits.
Reports suggest that the entire township – be it the bus stand, station or streets – offers seamless connection to users.
Sistema Shyam, the Indian unit of Russia’s Sistema JSFC, transformed the area into a Wi-Fi hotspot by putting up many access points. Sistema Shyam also has plans to transform cities like Navrangdesar, Asalsar, Nakrasar, Dhawa Forest, Baramsar, Hodsar, Partapur, Dundara, Posaliyan, Netra and Nalbari, into completely Wi-Fi zones.
While the town might not be the hotspot for tourists yet, local businessmen are glad that they can now quickly conduct business-related online money transfers at their shops.
The facility is also a big hit among the students, who now no longer have to rush to the main towns of Rajasthan for their online lessons or job applications and alerts.
Since the town has become all Wi-Fi in July, the number of training centres for job tests have also gone up and students now can easily download their exam test papers and notes from the internet.
To boost the wi-fi consumption in the area, the company is offering plans starting from Rs 25 for 150 MB over a three-day period and a monthly pack of Rs 749 monthly pack, offering 10 GB of data.