BSNL plans to give nation WiFi umbrella; to set up 40,000 WiFi spots across India

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State-run BSNL is finding new energy under a new government. Recently, it launched unlimited calling facility from its landlines, which have led to huge demand for its landlines. It also announced free roaming services for its mobile subscribers.

Now, it has set itself an ambitious project of setting up 40,000 WiFi spots across the country by the year 2018. This announcement was made by Telecom minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, while launching the WiFi facility at the iconic Tajmahal. The investment for this activity is estimated to be Rs 6,000 crore.

In 2015, BSNL will setup 2500 WiFi hotspots at 250 locations at a project outlay of Rs 500 crore. The state owned Telco said that customers can avail of free WiFi services for 30 minutes in a 24 hour time period for three times a month. This can be utilized in multiple sessions.  Once the free limit is exhausted, then customers have to avail of a subscription plan in denominations of Rs 20, Rs 30, Rs 50 and Rs 70 for validity of 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 120 minutes and one day, respectively.

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