World's first Wi-Fi enabled lake - Dal Lake, Srinagar
Udhay Shankar N
udhay at pobox.com
Wed Oct 22 19:37:17 PDT 2003
What fun - you can surf the net while avoiding incoming home made grenades.
>DAL, WORLD'S FIRST WI-FI ENABLED LAKE
>TIMES NEWS NETWORK [WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2003 11:15:09 PM]
>CHENNAI: Come November 1, the beautiful Dal lake of Kashmir would become
>the first Wi-Fi enabled lake not just in the country, but in the world.
>The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Syeed would launch
>the facility devised by the Chennai based networking company Dax
>The facility would be implemented in partnership with the J&K Tourism
>and a J&K based ISP, iPeaks.
>So, now, while you float down the picturesque Dal in your shikaras or
>relaxing in house-boats, you could check your mails, chat with your
>friends and browse the internet.
>Addressing the media here, the Dax Director Deepak Mirza said that this
>facility would be available to those who have a computer/laptop is Wi-Fi
>It cost Rs 10 lakhs for Dax to set up the equipment and supplied for
>free. However, according to Mirza, the company aims to benefit in other
>ways as the new facility proved the technical capability of the company,
>which would subsequently help in bagging other similar projects.
>"Though many parts of the country are enjoying benefits of the latest
>networking technologies, numerous pockets in the country are still
>completely untouched by this phenomenon. Kashmir is definitely one of
>them. Therefore, what better place to take the first step than making
>the pride of Kashmir -- The Dal -- Wi-Fi enabled. This is not just a
>bold statement, but also a move that can have cascading effect in the
>state and a positive rub off on the overall image of the country," said
>The company has identified other lakes -- Nainital, Hussein Sagar and
>Kodaikanal -- to implement Wi-Fi. Backwaters of Kumarakoam could be
>another hotspot. "We are yet to talk to the state governments in this
>regard," he said, adding "We chose Dal because it is probably the
>The company's country manager, Sujit Singh, told mediapersons at the
>press conference that implementation had to take care of a number of
>issues. The concept itself -- involving water transport network -- was
>unique. The unevenly spread lake posed problems with seamless
>integration. Availability of resources was yet another problem.
>Except for the two snowy months, visitors could now be connected
>wirelessly to internet throughout the year, he said. "Wi-fi equipment is
>not known to work outdoors for long distances when it snows. But then,
>there wouldn't be tourists either in that case," Singh quipped.
>The company recently constituted a Wi-Fi dedicated division. One of the
>mandates of this division will be to focus on similar initiatives. This
>team would in future aggressively educate corporates, government and
>other bodies at large on the advantages of Wi-Fi. The company has also
>created an India-ready product portfolio to present the market with the
>most suitable choice range.
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