Public sector telecom services provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) today launched free wi-fi facility at Udwada village in Valsad district of Gujarat adopted by Union Minister Smriti Zubin Irani under the "Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana".
The facility was launched by Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha. Ms Irani, who was present at the function, said, “Under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Rs16.48 lakh is allotted for setting up the facility."
The launch of wi-fi service in Udwada will benefit the 6000-strong population in the village as well as surrounding areas. They will be able to use the unlimited internet data, turning Udwada into a digital village, she added.
Mr. Sinha said, “BSNL is also creating 35,000 wi-fi hotspots on a pan-India basis to improve the broadband penetration with 2G/3G mobile data wi-fi offload solution. Under this project, till date, more than 7700 wi-fi hotspots have been installed.”
BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said two hotspots with 17 access points have been installed at Udwada village. He said Udwada was renowned for its Zoroastrian Atash Behram Fire temple. This place of worship is the oldest still-functioning temple of its kind, he added.
BSNL is undertaking the project for providing 25,000 Public Wi-Fi Hotspots at Telephone Exchanges of BSNL in rural areas using BSNL fibre as per the MoU signed between BSNL and USOF. Till date, BSNL has provided wi-fi at more than 2,500 rural telephone exchanges.
BSNL has provided more than 7,700 wi-fi hotspots on revenue share basis through various partners namely QuadGen, Trimax and GOIP.