PM-WANI or Prime Minister’s Wifi Access Network Interface is a scheme introduced by the central government with the aim to create a large-scale network of hotspots throughout the country. The PM-WANI registration permits small and medium-scale businesses to start wifi services. This registration will enable businesses to generate employment and boost their disposable income in turn enabling people to have access to good quality internet at affordable rates. PM-WANI registration will address the issue of connectivity in remote areas and develop the growth of the Internet organically. As of now, there are a total of 136 PDO aggregators, 83 app providers and a total of 132,529 public hotspots registered under the PM-WANI scheme.
Components of the PM-WANI framework
There are 4 components of the PM-WANI framework these are:
- Public Data Office (PDO): Public data offices are those establishments that will provide Wifi to the people. These establishments are not required to pay any fee for registration to the department of telecommunication. The public data office will allow licensed internet service providers to connect to its Wifi Access Points (WAP). This shall enable the user to access WANI complaint wifi on the payment of a subscription fee.
- Public Data Office Aggregator (PDOA): The PDOA can be any company that is registered as per the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013. PDOA is an aggregator and will assist the PDO with functions of accounting and authorization. The PDOA must also work for the integration of digital payment portals. They will also keep track of tariffs, and subscriptions of users along with this, they are also required to make detailed records of each subscriber. Public Data Office Aggregator shall deal with the complaints of the users as per the directions issued by the Department of telecommunication.
- App Provider: Similarly, like a PDOA, an app provider must be registered under the Companies Act, 2013. The app provider has to design and maintain the software application. It is the app provider's responsibility to develop infrastructure which enables the user to signup and finds PM-WANI-compliant hotspots and make these connections easily connect through the app. The app provider can also register with the department of telecom for free. In short, it will act as the medium to connect a user with a PM-WANI network.
Central Registry: The central registry is will create a detailed list of PDOs, PDOAs and App providers. The central registry shall be maintained by the Department of telecommunications. The central registry provides certification to the software applications and PDOA’s infrastructure for PM-WANI within a span of 10 days. The central registry has to delete the details of all the stakeholders if and when prompted by the department of telecommunication.
Regulatory bodies involved in PM-WANI registration
Necessary Papers required for PM-WANI Registration
Important Terms and Conditions for PM-WANI Registration
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General Conditions for PM-WANI Registration
How will Corpbiz help you with PM-WANI registration?
- Upon opting for our PM-WANI service, our experts will get in touch with you and assist you in getting all the necessary papers ready for the application process for PM-WANI.
- We shall help you sign up for online registration through the Saral Sanchar portal and also register at the Central registry under the PM-WANI portal.
- The Application for registration shall be assessed by the Department of telecommunication. We will closely monitor and update you about the progress of your registration.
- Once the process is complete, you receive your registration within the next 7-10 working days.