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“We have already started Phase 2…the Cabinet has already approved it. We hope it will be completed well in time by December 2018,” Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said here.
She was speaking at a conference to mark the completion of the first phase of Bharat Net project, and to felicitate implementation partners.
Original timeline for completion of the second phase is March 2019.
Stating that the tender process for the second phase has already started, she said state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has floated its tenders.
“…Wi-fi tenders whereby from 38,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, by the end of implementation that is planned for December 2018, India will go to half a million Wi-Fi hotspots. We believe that will be a game changer,” she said.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.