State-owned telecommunications company, BSNL, will set up 40, 000 WiFi hotspots across the country, entailing an investment of about Rs 6,000 crore. The tender for the project is likely to be floated by July and it will be completed by 2018.
Launching WiFi facility at historical monument Taj Mahal, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “BSNL will set up 40,000 WiFi hot spots across the country and the project is likely to be completed by 2018.” The estimated investment by BSNL for this, would be around Rs 6,000 crore, the minister said.
At the cost of Rs. 500 crore, BSNL will set up another 2,500 WiFi hot spots at 250 locations, in the country, this year. BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava said, that, of these, 200 hot spots have already been set up.
BSNL will be providing free WiFi services for 30 minutes per 24 hrs, three times a month, which visitors can utilize in multiple sessions. After the free usage limits of 30 minutes, users can continues using internet on paid basis. Subscription plans are available in the denomination of Rs 20, Rs 30, Rs 50 and Rs 70 for validity of 30 min, 60 min, 120 min and one day, respectively.