A total of 550 rural exchanges are expected to be enabled with Wi-Fi by December end this year under BSNL Telangana circle, a senior official of Public sector telecom operator BSNL said. Also Read - BSNL launches a new cheap Rs 499 broadband plan to take on Airtel Xtreme, JioFiberAlso Read - BSNL offers 100 minutes free calling with select plans to aid COVID-19, Cyclone Tauktae affected users
“50 rural exchanges are enabled with Wi-Fi and 500 more are expected to be launched by December 2017 under the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) rural project,” BSNL Telangana Circle Chief General Manager L Anantharam told reporters.
He said Wi-Fi services are planned for all 1,000 rural exchanges under the USOF, by March 2018. On BSNL’s latest ‘Plan 429’, which was launched recently, that provides unlimited voice and 1 GB data per day for 90 days for prepaid mobile services for Rs 429, he said since its launch there have been more than 8,000 activations under Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Circles and till date over 68,000 activations have been done. ALSO READ: Government plans Wi-Fi for all panchayats by March 2019 at a cost of Rs 3,700 crore
Anantharam also said BSNL is putting up 64 Base Transceiver Station (BTS) towers along the Hyderabad Metro Rail corridors and out of this eight sites have already been commissioned. ALSO READ: BSNL to set up 1 lakh Wi-Fi hotspots by March 2019