i2e1 unveils India’s first Public Data Office (PDO), creates the Future of Internet

New Delhi 25. January 2021 : With an eye on a digital revolution in India, Delhi-based start-up i2e1 (Information for All) yesterday announced the launch of the industry’s first Public Data Office (PDO) to support the Indian government’s PM-WANI initiative.

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Given the stand model of the PCO (Public Communication Office) in India, PDOs are designed around a similar business model. These Internet kiosks will install, maintain and operate Wi-Fi access points and provide broadband access services to subscribers. Without registration, users have free access to the internet, creating jobs and fulfilling the government’s dream of a digital bharat.

This internet start-up made history by creating India’s first PDO in Kusumpur Pahadi, an underprivileged district in south Delhi, as a pilot project of the PM-WANI initiative. This installation allows a resident to access high speed and unlimited internet at 50 Mbps for just 5 INR per day. In today’s internet-dominated world, this new online solution will enable users to improve their lives by helping them to increase their skills and knowledge. The i2e1 PDO allows children to learn in online classrooms and families to access fun materials at the touch of a button. The BOB was inaugurated at the BABA General Store and is now operated at this supermarket, which is managed by the local Millennial Kishan store. The fact that he earned INR 500 on the first day is in itself a testament to the success of the PM-VANI policy.

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Mr. Satyam Dharmora, Founder of i2e1, with the initiative of the PM-WANI government indicated that India is on the verge of a new revolution in internet services. Today, the disruptions caused by the Internet have led to a huge paradigm shift, with it now seen as a public good of a new era, as fundamental as air and water. As more and more people rely on up to 10GB of data per day to be productive, the need for Internet access increases every day; a need as basic as air and water. Making this data accessible to all segments of society will lead to equitable growth and will be the starting point for achieving the $5 trillion goal for our country’s economy. We are delighted to present India with the first ever PDO and would like to sincerely thank all the officials of DoT, TRAI and IIT in Delhi for putting this idea into practice for i2e1.

With the government’s vision of providing millions of Wi-Fi access points in mind, i2e1 has developed an incredibly affordable solution that allows any retailer to become a PDO for as little as INR 250 per month. The technology will also be made available to other ISPs and other players interested in becoming PDOAs. i2e1 expects to have more than one million Wi-Fi access points across India, providing instant and convenient access to fast, reliable and secure Internet services through their TRAI-approved devices.



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