HFCL Limited’s Wi-Fi brand IO has collaborated with VVDN Technologies, and i2e1 to set up a model PM-WANI village in Baslambi, Haryana. This model village will provide high speed Wi-Fi to all residents of the village Baslambi located in Farrukh Nagar Tehsil, Gurugram. The model village showcases HFCL IO’s PM-WANI compliant Wi-Fi access points integrated with core solutions by i2e1. i2e1 is an IIT Delhi-based startup that has been one of the major contributors towards conceptualising the PM-WANI model whilst working closely with TRAI and DoT.

The village residents are now connecting to PM-WANI compliant Wi-Fi, getting authenticated through the app or mobile OTP, and are able to access high-speed Internet, thereby gaining digital connectivity to all governance, educational, entertainment and several other services.

Relying on its indigenously developed secure Wi-Fi solutions and utilising its high performance point-to-point radios for bringing high-speed backhaul connectivity to this remote village, HFCL jointly with VVDN’s wireless teams have created a robust high speed Wi-Fi network integrated with i2e1 core providing internet services in the area for the use and benefit of the locals.

On setting up of this model village, HFCL’s executive president, Jitendra Chaudhary said, “We at HFCL are committed towards bringing the most innovative Make in India products that shall compete globally with the biggest brands in the industry. This model village is another step we have taken towards realizing our Government’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat showcasing our capability in designing, developing and manufacturing high technology products in India. This is also a platform demonstrating our faith in PM-WANI scheme as a major driver in providing broadband connectivity to the unconnected.  We are committed to our honorable Prime Minister’s vision of making India an Innovation Hub.”

Meanwhile, Bhupender Saharan, CEO and founder of VVDN, stated, “This deployment is a working model of the PM-WANI scheme and lays the blueprint for many such deployments across the nation. Keeping in line with the vision of PM-WANI scheme, this initiative aims to elevate wireless internet connectivity in the region thereby boosting “ease of living”. The initiative aims to make the residents of Baslambi truly Atmanirbhar in their internet needs with seamless connectivity. This is another step towards realizing PM Modi’s Digital India mission.”

“We are excited to partner with HFCL, one of the unique Make in India OEMs that are focused not only on cost competitiveness but also offering industry leading performance, reliability and features at par or better than any global brand. Seeing the performance in this model village further enhances our belief that we do not have to rely on any foreign technology to make the PM-WANI scheme and Atmanirbhar Bharat vision a reality,” said Satyam Darmora, Founder, i2e1.