BSNL the largest PSU telecom operator which is the national Broadband backbone of India has declared that it will be investing Rs. 7000 crore in setting up integrated 3G, 4G wifi hotspots across the country over the next 3 years. BSNL subscribers will be able to transition seamlessly between 3G 4G cellular network and the wifi hotspots which will work for offloading the data from the cellular network.
"Wifi is an obvious choice for BSNL going forward but it alone cannot be successful. It has to be integrated with 3G, 4G network so that customer can be seamlessly transferred to wifi. In two to three years, we will be investing Rs 7,000 crore to set up integrated wifi across the country," Chairman and Managing Director of BSNL Anupam Shrivatava said while speaking at TeleAnalysis event.
We had earlier shared how BSNL is setting up hotspots at 10 monuments across the country, now it will be extending its reach to more tourist spots and plans on adding 2500 wifi hotspots by the end of the current financial year. In addition to this, BSNL has also partnered with QuadGen Wireless for setting up wifi hotspots under a revenue share model.
"BSNL is in best position to provide instant bandwidth. We will set up wifi hotspots and BSNL will provide bandwidth for it. We are committed to set up 1,000 wifi hotspots by June and another 5,000 by end of this year," QuadGen Wireless Founder and Chairman C S Rao said. BSNL plans on expanding its coverage in the south and west zones through its partnership with QuadGen over a span of 18 months.