BSNL to Set up 40,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots in the Country
BSNL said that it is setting up 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to counter its inadequacy to provide 4G data services.
Public sector telecom major BSNL said that it is working on setting up 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in the country. According to a report by India Today, BSNL said that the decision came in order to counter its inadequacy in providing 4G data services.
Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL
We are at present neither a 4G service provider, nor do we have the relevant spectrum to launch this service. But to deal with this challenge, we are working on a scheme to set up 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in the country, as it is faster than 4G services.
Shrivastava said under the scheme, 500 Wi-Fi hotspots have been set up in the country, and the company plans to increase them to 2,500 in the current financial year. He added that in order to improve its telecom service, the BSNL would be setting up around 25,000 mobile towers in the country, with an investment of Rs 5,500 crore.
The BSNL CMD further said that in FY15, the company achieved an operating profit of Rs 672 crore, and expects it to reach Rs 1,000 crore by the end of the current fiscal year.
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