State run telco BSNL has added 50 more WiFi hotspot locations in the country across its circles including Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and Madhya Pradesh. BSNL announced in January that it plans to set up around 40,000 WiFi hotpsots across the country to make up for the lack of its own 4G services; it claimed to have already deployed 500 public WiFi hotspots by that time. Last month BSNL announced a Rs 2000 crore modernization drive; under the drive the state run telco said that it would deploy nationwide public WiFi hotspots across important locations like tourist and religious spots. A PIB press release notes that the telco plans on adding 2500 WiFi hotspots across the country, under the first phase. BSNL’s online portal has categorized its WiFi hotspot services into two kinds: -BSNL mentions that Type A hotspots are applicable at public locations such as railways stations, universities and campuses, etc., initially for a test period of 90 days from the date of launch. So it sounds like more of a trial run than a permanent installation. This type of hotspot will cost between Rs 100 to 2500, based on validity, prepaid or postpaid use, billed per minute. -Type B hotpsots are applicable for personal use in location like hotels, privately owned institutes and colleges, universities, libraries, etc. Owners of these location will have to purchase prepaid coupons in bulk at discounted price and distribute it among customers. Usage is billed…
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