State-run BSNL is planning to set up about 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the country. This move will cost about Rs. 6,000 crores for which the tender is likely to be floated by July and the project will be completed by 2018.
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said while launching Wi-Fi facility at Taj Mahal:
“BSNL will set up 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the country and the project is likely to be completed by 2018,”
The minister added that estimated investment by BSNL for this would be around Rs. 6,000 crores.
This year BSNL will set up another 2,500 Wi-Fi hot spots at 250 locations at the cost of Rs. 500 crores. BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava said that of these 200 hot spots have already been set up.
BSNL will be providing free Wi-Fi services for 30 minutes per 24 hours (three times in a month) which visitors can utilise in multiple sessions.
After free usage limit of 30 minutes is exhausted, one can continue using the service on paid basis for which subscription plans are available in the denomination of Rs. 20, Rs. 30, Rs. 50 and Rs. 70 for validity of 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 120 minutes, and one day, respectively.
Prasad added that BSNL has plans to invest more than Rs. 1,200 crores in UP (West) circle during 2015-16. BSNL has also plans to expand the coverage of the Wi-Fi facility to other tourist and religious locations such as Khajuraho and Jagannath, amomg others by March.