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BSNL to provide bandwidth to Facebook for Express WiFi project

BSNL will power Facebook express WiFi program which plans to install 20,000 WiFi hotspots across the country in remote and hilly areas where connectivity is low, according to this PTI report. Facebook signed a MoU with BSNL yesterday for acquiring backhaul spectrum/bandwidth from the state-owned telco for running the project, according to a tweet from the BSNL handle. #BSNL ties up with @facebook to provide backhaul bandwidth at preferential rate. #BSNL Dir CFA NK Gupta with Mr.Munish Seth of Facebook pic.twitter.com/M9zBp58MZs — BSNL India (@BSNLCorporate) May 17, 2017 Facebook has partnerships with several ISPs like AirJaldi in Uttarakhand, LMES in Rajasthan, Tikona in Gujarat and Shaildhar in Meghalaya for its WiFi project. It also counts Airtel as a key Express WiFi partner in both India and African regions. Express WiFi was piloted in India in 2015, with more than 700 WiFi…

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