World WiFi Day on June 20:Why is it celebrated.
Today (June 20th) is the World WiFi Day. Imagine a world without WiFi connectivity but still having internet connectivity. How will people access internet on their mobile phones & tablets? Now a world without WiFi is something which is unimaginable. It is a technology that helped to revolutionise & change the way people access internet.
It for remembering that useful service which we now take for granted, the World WiFi Day is celebrated on June 20th. World WiFi Day was declared by Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), a group of ISP’s that provide WiFi services & non-profit organisations that tries to spread the internet via WiFi to remote areas on Earth.
The broadband gap continues to be a problem for many students today.
Low-income students must fight for their digital literacy to ensure they can graduate and move on to higher education.
World WiFi Day is celebrated with the intention of spreading the goodness of WiFi connectivity by encouraging companies, organisations & people to offer free WiFi hotspots to those in need of internet connections. By installing WiFi hotspots in major landmarks, POIs,Airports,Railway stations & Bus Terminals, the people are offered an essential service of this generation for free.
In their Initiatives Page they say that:
We are constantly looking to support developments to “connect the unconnected” in urban and rural areas, in developing as well as developed countries around the globe.
On this page you can find case studies of successful Wi-Fi developments in urban and rural areas. Also projects are featured that are looking for funding and development support.
If you are interested in supporting one of these projects or want your project to be featured on this page, please contact [email protected] for more information.
What is WiFi exactly?
WiFi stands for Wireless Fidelity. It is not only used to connect to internet but also used to transfer any kind of files in a self created Wireless Network. The invention of Portable WiFi hotspots has changed the way we transfer files from one person to another. You are probably using it yourself to transfer data faster than Bluetooth. Apps like Xender & ShareIT uses the power of Portable WiFi hotspot to transfer apps from one device to another.
It is estimated that 4 billion people have no Internet access. The World WiFi Day is celebrated with intention to lower these numbers & provide access to Internet via WiFi.
The region with the highest proportion of urban unconnected is Middle East and Africa with 82% or 515 million unconnected citizens.
A number of organisations are supporting World WiFi Day & it includes- Google, Intel,Cisco,Nokia,Reliance Jio, Tata, AT&T,NTT Docomo, RailTel(By IRCTC) & State Govt. of Delhi,FICCI & WiFi alliance.An important segment of the population inside large cities are being left out of the digital age, either because they cannot afford the service or because the service is simply not available in their neighborhood.
As part of World WiFi Day celebrations, many ISPs are providing free WiFi access today:
- AlwaysOn offers Free WiFi for all today in SA for 24 hours.
- Telekom offers free WiFi in Romania on June 20th for 24 hours.
- Proximus offers free WiFi in Belgium for 24 hours.
- KPN offers free WiFi in Netherlands for 24 hours.
- Telstra offers free WiFi in Australia.for 4 days started from 17th June-20th June.
- CSL WiFi offers free WiFi in HongKong for 24 hours today.
- COSMOTE offers free WiFi in Greece starting from 20th June- 26th June.
- BT offers free WiFi in UK starting from 22 June-22 July for 1 hour.
- NTT Docomo offers free WiFi in Japan started from 24th May-20 June 24 hours free.
In India RailTel also offers free WiFi in selected Railway stations in association with Google & WBA.