The government of Punjab is making efforts to provide more than 200 WiFi hotspots in Lahore, Multan, and Rawalpindi under the program Digital Punjab.
With the tagline, “Enhancing Public Services Through Technology,” the free WiFi facility will be provided under the Digital Punjab program to bridge the digital divide by providing people with easy and reliable access to the free internet at public places.
In this regard, the government has collaborated with the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). According to the chairperson PITB, Dr. Umar Saif, the purpose of this project is to help people stay connected, and the government hopes that the other provinces will follow the suit.
Under this program, the free Wi-Fi hotspots will be offered at the following places in Lahore, Multan, and Rawalpindi:
- Metro Stations.
- Large markets.
- Government Universities and Colleges.
- Railway Stations.
- Government Hospitals.
- Government Offices.
Earlier, it was reported that the government will provide the free Wifi hotspots to the public in some 115 public places of Lahore including 12 major parks, 117 markets, metro bus stations and 20 colleges and universities. But now, other cities of Punjab, i.e., Multan, and Rawalpindi are also the part of this project.
Advantages of Digital Punjab program
Most of the developed countries already provide free Wi-Fi hotspots in the public areas so that it could be a great initiative by our government.
The free Wi-Fi hotspots in the colleges and universities would allow students to get the information they are looking for instantly on their handhelds. Moreover, free eBooks could also be downloaded from the internet.
In hospitals, most of the time when a patient is diagnosed, he does not know anything about the details of his illness, the free Wi-Fi hotspots in hospitals would allow patients to get every single bit of the information on their disease almost instantly for free.
In markets, the shopkeepers often misguide the customer about the real price of a product, with free Wi-Fi hotspots in the market, people would be able to check the actual price of every product from the internet before purchasing anything.