TCIL deploys 10,443 Wi-Fi Hotspots

TCIL has commissioned 10,443 Public Wi-Fi Hotspots in eight states for BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) thereby providing India’s rural population with reliable Internet services.

The total cost of the project is Rs. 196 crore and it covers West and South zones of BSNL covering eight states i.e. Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The project was executed in two phases. In the first phase starting May 2018, focus was on supply, installation, commissioning and Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of 3 Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) and 4,820 Wi-Fi hotspot nodes at rural exchanges in eight states. The deployment consists of setting up of WLCs at Pune, Bangalore and Chennai and integrating all 4,820 Wi-Fi hotspots with WLCs.

The second phase starting August 2018, involved deployment of another 5,874 Wi-Fi hotspots in all eight states and its integration with existing WLCs.

TCIL Director Projects, Rajiv Gupta said, “With Google Chief Sundar Pichai announcing a $ 10 billion investment in India, the use of hotspots will be integral to last mile connectivity in rural, remote and underserved communities. TCIL is glad to be playing an important role in the dissemination of this service.”

The project is now under Operation & Maintenance (O&M) phase and TCIL has been delivering O&M services in a committed way even during the difficult time of COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2017, BSNL signed an agreement with USOF (Universal Services Obligation Fund) for setting up 25,000 Public Wi-Fi Hotspots in rural areas to provide reliable Internet service through Wi-Fi hotspots connected through robust fibre backhaul of BSNL and Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) connectivity being provided by BharatNet Project.

Out of 25,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, 20% was awarded to ITI as reserved quota and remaining were to be distributed in proportion of 60% to L1 bidder and 40% to L2 bidder. TCIL participated in the tender and was L1 so it was awarded work to deploy 10,649 Wi-Fi hotspots.

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