Facebook to help BSNL set up 100 wi-fi hotspots in rural India
Social media giant Facebook has partnered with the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for setting up 100 wi-fi (Wireless Fidelity) sites in rural India.
In this regard both entities have inked an agreement under which
- Facebook will sponsor 100 wi-fi hotspots in villages across west and southern India.
- It will pay 5 lakh rupees for BSNL bandwidth for each hotspot per annum.
- The partnership will be for three years and it can be further extended for two more years.
With this BSNL will be able to set up wi-fi hotspots in areas where it is not commercially feasible to run those and also extending its optical fibre connectivity services to these hotspots.
The hotspots would be set up by BSNL-selected vendor Quad Zen revenue share model.
This partnership will help in boosting the Union Government’s flagship Digital India to ensure that Government services are made available to citizens electronically by improving online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity.