BSNL has signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to install 25,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas with an outlay of Rs 942 crore within four months.
The project cost includes capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operating expenses for three years. The USOF will provide full opex support in the first year, 75% in the second year and 50% in the third year for installing Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas.
I hope these 25,000 Wi-Fi hotspots will be installed across 25,000 rural exchanges in four months said Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha.
BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said, “The USOF project to install 25,000 hotspots in rural areas includes operation expenses for three years.”
Saying a lot is at stake, the minister directed BSNL officials to complete phase one of broadband services under the BharatNet project by June 30, 2017.