Fortinet To Provide Secured Wi-Fi Access To Mumbai Citizens

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jul 04, 2017


Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced the largest public Wi-Fi service in Mumbai with 500 Wi-Fi live hotspots across the city earlier this year. The Maharashtra Information Technology Corporation (MITC) has now said it has selected Fortinet to provide wireless Internet access to the citizens of Mumbai. 

“Mumbai WiFi project plays a crucial role in empowering our citizens digitally. Our goal was to cover all major areas in the city with public WiFi in order to make important government services available online. Because of the hyperconnected nature of our public infrastructure today, an ambitious project like this requied technology that could scale and be flexibile to enable more users, devices, and applications over time,” said Vijay Kumar Gautam, Principal Secretary Information Technology, Government of Maharashtra.

Fortinet’s access points provide Wifi Internet access for the public in Mumbai and are deployed in more than 500 locations across the city for the MumbaiWiFi project. The WiFi network is also planned to be used for smart transportation in the near future.

This deployment is part of the state government’s digital empowerment program, and Fortinet beat several other enterprise wireless providers to win the deal. Fortinet is going to support the technical implementation of this project with a wireless R&D center in Bangalore.

In its first phase of the MumbaiWiFi project, the Maharashtra Government has deployed a combination of Fortinet indoor and outdoor access points with omnidirectional antennas, wireless controllers, and a wireless manager to provide simplified deployment and scaling, voice mobility, and the high performance needs required.

Mumbai is home to 20.5 million people and is the commercial capital and the largest city in India. The Government of Maharashtra launched the MumbaiWiFi project to cover all major areas in the city with public WiFi hotspots to ensure that government services are available online to its citizens.

Later this year, the WiFi network will also be used for smart parking and smart transportation, by providing real-time updates on the routes and available capacity of various modes of public transport in the city. The introduction of Wifi hotspots in Mumbai expands on the government’s vision of making Maharashtra the country’s first digital state.

Rajesh Maurya, Regional Vice President, India & SAARC, Fortinet said, “BYOD and the Internet of Things (IoT) are creating new attack vectors that put critical assets within public or private networks at risk. As more users, more devices, and more applications are added to WiFi networks, organizations need secure, enterprise-class WiFi that can deliver a superior experience for all users. Secure access needs to extend consistent security policies to the very edge of the network where most vulnerabilities target. Security cannot happen at the expense of high-availability, speed and density of coverage which are all must-haves in a public WiFi network.”

Securing public communications over Wifi such as personal information, financial transactions, and mobile device data sharing involves much more than simply managing network access control. As organizations change the way they deploy access networks, connect devices, and the number and types of network-connected wireless devices and mobile applications grows exponentially, IT leaders must deal with the difficult task of balancing the requirements of network security with the flexibility to onboard a growing number and diversity of clients.

­Users want fast WiFi and a smooth experience across wired or wireless networks and IT leaders need reduced complexity of network management, application management, and device management. Typical WiFi solutions cannot satisfactorily address these requirements. Fortinet’s Secure Access solution delivers three WLAN deployment options to meet the different WLAN requirements of today’s enterprises. In addition to WLAN services, our complete secure access portfolio also provides the most flexible security with end-to-end enforcement enabled by the Fortinet Security Fabric, Maurya said.