About Us

Wireless for Communities” (W4C) is an initiative of ISOC and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) that utilizes unlicensed spectrum and low-cost Wi-Fi based equipment to connect and empower rural and underserved communities. Since then, the W4C programme has brought to these people e-governance initiatives like community service centres (CSC), automation of birth and deathcertifications, and single window clearance systems.

W4C Summit logo 150x150Participate in the 4th Wireless for Communities and Open Spectrum Summit to be held on the occasion of the Manthan Awards Asia Pacific on 4 December 2014 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; [01:45 PM – 03:15 PM]. The Summit will focus on ‘Community Wireless Networks and Digital India’ and will bring key government, industry, academia, stakeholders, practitioners, and policy advocates together to discuss about the connectivity gaps and challenges in providing last-mile connectivity to reach up to all village households in India. Click Here for Agenda

Project Phases

Since the programme launch in 2010 has had an impact in 10 locations and thousands of users – all of them in remote areas. The first pilot project was launched in Chanderi. The positive impact of the project motivated partner stakeholders to replicate this model in the other phases of the project in other cluster-based communities of the country.

The Lady Wifier - RAJ KUMARI

The Barefoot Trainer - MUDASSAR ANSARI

The Digital Tutor - ANURAG SHARMA

This Project Initiated in the chanderi weavers ICT resources (CWIRC) in Madhya Pradesh in central india. Chanderi can be best described as a rural town with an urban consciousness with more than 500 years of history of kings and invasions. Populated with 40,000 people, the town is largely habited by weavers and artisans. 

This project expended in other three locations Tura, Baran & tilonia. It provided Internet rights, Training of trainers (TOT) in south Asia countries- Bhutan & Bangladesh.

The project expanded the programme in the existing three locations and enhanced content and services in the existing regions of W4C programme.

The W2E2 project creating women ICT micro social enterprise and entrepreneurs supported by wireless internet in 4 backward locations or districts of India and contribute to an enabling internet environment and internet for gender inclusion and women empowerment.