Public WiFi Hotspots in India will reach 21 Lakhs in 2021 from 3.5 Lakhs in 2019. It believes that the growth will come on the back of both central and state governments.
The Public WiFi Hotspot report shows that in 2019, Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) contributed around 88% of total public WiFi hotspot numbers in the country, followed by Reliance Jio, QuadGen Wireless, Smart Cities and RailTel.
India will witness additions of around 125 Lakhs public WiFi hotspot in gram panchayats, 20K in colleges, 50K in smart cities, 4,791 in category B/C/D/E railway stations (of these 800 stations are situated in 115 backward districts), retail outlets and others in the next two years.
Indian operators as well as OTT players, will also add a significant number of public WiFi hotspot numbers in the next two years which would be useful for WiFi offload and also save a lot of spectrum in a country where it is a scarce and expensive resource otherwise.
As per TRAI report, globally there is 1 WiFi hotspot for every 150 people and in India, 8 Lakhs additional hotspots must be installed to achieve the same ratio. This would create new market opportunities for infrastructure providers and internet service providers.