Thursday, January 13, 2005

BSNL bets big on broadband

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) plans to set up fixed wireless locations across the country to allow users gain access to broadband services at airports, railway stations, hotels and convention centres and even when they are on the move.

The project is estimated to cost around Rs 260 crore. It will help create a network of wireless areas — hotspots — for broadband access using WiFi (wireless fidelity) and WiMax (worldwide interoperability for microwave access) technologies, which provide connectivity at speeds up to 75 mbps against the current benchmark of 256 kbps.

Calcutta Telephones sources confirmed that the telecom major has already identified 15 cities where it will set up 300 WiFi hotspots in a phased manner during the current year. These locations will be chosen depending on the customer usage profile in each city. For the WiMax rollout, which will initially be on an experimental basis, BSNL has selected Calcutta, Chennai, Bangalore and the satellite towns of Mumbai and Delhi.

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Courtesy: The Telegraph, India

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