State-run BSNL will set up 70,000 hotspots over the next two years to augment its partially rolled-out 4G mobile services, a senior official of the PSU has said.
BSNL had earmarked around Rs 4,300 crore for capital expenditure in the current fiscal. It would set up about 35,000 hotspots this fiscal and plans to have another 35,000 by the end of the next fiscal, Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL said.
"BSNL presence is must for healthy competition in the industry and for the benefit of consumers. They have already installed around 5,000 Wifi hotspots and is going to install 35,000 more wifi hotspots this fiscal and planning another 35,000 to provide quality service to consumers," Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha said at a book release and network expansion function of the company.
In the past few days BSNL had been very competitive and supportive for consumers to take on fierce competition in the telecom sector.
"If we see the data usage of the past few days in India, I believe Indian consumers may have surpassed the data usage level than those in the US and China. People were paying earlier Rs. 200 per GB for data and now they are getting 1 GB for around Rs. 10. This is good for consumers," Sinha said.
Shrivastava said the hotspots will give seamless connectivity to the customers of BSNL and partially roll out its 4G services.
He said the WiFi hotspots would have a common equipment that would be linked to BSNL's mobile network and will be used for providing 4G service by the company.
The event was organised for releasing a book ‘Healing the Future’ witten by BSNL Chief Vigilance Officer Deepak Kashyap on yoga and spirituality.
On the occasion, BSNL has launched two services namely Capex based Wi-Fi Service and launching GSM BTSs for Hyderabad.
Under CAPEX based Wi-Fi service, BSNL has started a Network Operating Center (NOC) and a Network Management System (NMS) at Bangalore, the PSU said in a statement.
The Minister inaugurated 120 GSM BTSs for Hyderabad covering both rural and urban areas of the city to provide 3G services to mobile users of BSNL.