According to latest information, the State run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is going to set up 1 lakh Wi-Fi hotspots across entire India by March 2019.
Anupam Srivastava, Chairman and Managing Director of the Company have confirmed the same saying, “We have plans to set up 1 lakh Wi-Fi by March 2019, which include 25,000 for rural areas. The USOF (Universal Service Obligation Fund) will provide financial support”.
The BSNL CMD has further added that Company is going to invest Rs.1,800 crore approximately in setting up around 70,000 Wi-Fi hotspots while the USOF is investing a fund of Rs,900 crore along with three years of operation and maintenance required for setting up 25,000 hotspots.
“We will set up another 5,000 Wi-Fi hotspots on revenue share basis and BSNL is not required to invest capital, we are only providing bandwidth”, added Srivastava in his statement.
Besides, there is information that the Masters India has been selected by BSNL for providing software to customers of the state run telecom firm.
Srivastava also added, “At a time when a new entrant has changed the dynamics of doing business in the telecom sector, tariffs are going to rock bottom, we need to explore other models for generating revenue. The GST filing service that we are providing in partnership with Masters India will be on revenue sharing basis and it will attract customers to our network.”
Y N Singh, BSNL GM Finance has mentioned in one of his statements, “It is a pre-paid service. Beyond 2,000 invoices, charges will apply as par slab rate fixed by the Company”. He has also added that any trader on the State run network can enjoy benefits of the Master India’s software at no cost for generating up to 2,000 invoices in an year.