NEW DELHI: State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and the US-based Google partnered to increase India’s digital footprint with Wi-Fi services.
With this service, people across the country will be able to enjoy BSNL’s free WiFi services, the fourth-largest telco in a statement said.
The Anupam Shrivastava-headed service provider is taking steps to increase the rural Wi-Fi footprint promoting the government’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ initiative that aims to offer citizen-centric services digitally.
In an effort to bridge the digital divide, BSNL in 2015 partnered with Facebook to set up Wi-Fi services at as many ass 100 locations in rural areas of western and southern India.
Google has previously partnered with Indian Railways telecom arm RailTel to offer Wi-Fi services across railway stations using its optical fibre cable-based network.
BSNL has been partnering with various technology companies upgrading our platforms and increasing our customer reach in this era of ever-increasing demand of high-speed internet, Vivek Banzal, Director (CFA) BSNL, in a statement said.
Last year, sector watchdog Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has recommended setting up of public Wi-Fi hotspots on the PDO or Public Data Office model, to enhance India’s digital connectivity index.
The Narendra Modi-led government, as a part of mega BharatNet program, aims to put up 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots by December 2019.
The government-controlled telecom operator that has the largest pan-India network is also working on various telecom connectivity programs for uncovered villages.