According to AshwaniLohani, chairman of the Railway Board, 5,000 railway stations in the country will be Wi-Fi enabled in the next couple of months.
To boost broadband connectivity in the country, the government will launch one million Wi-Fi hotspots in the country by December 2019, according to Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha. The roll-out will be via Bharat Wi-Fi, a country-wide common inter-operable platform.
The leading cable TV and broadband service provider company GTPL has partnered with Nokia to upgrade its networks. Nokia’s fixed access and core technology will be installed on GTPL network.
To keep its subscribers engaged and to win new ones, the Punjab-based internet service provider (ISP) Connect Broadband has partnered with Kompanions to bring AR and VR products for all Connect and non-Connect customers.
According to the new report by the telecom regulator TRAI, the total wired broadband subscribers base has gone up 0.38% to 18.02 million in August from 17.95 million in July. As per report, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (9.16 million), Bharti Airtel (2.24 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.36 million), MTNL (0.81 million) and Hathway Cable & Datacom (0.76 million).
The lucrative WiFi contract worth Rs 334 crore for RajNet project has been won by the state-run ITI. The Letter of Intent (LoI) has been issued by RajCOMP Info Services Ltd., a Govt of Rajasthan Undertaking.
A total of four agencies have been hired to install 5,938 WiFi hotspots across Bengaluru for free WiFi. The city will soon have access to seamless internet connectivity in public places. The selection of agencies was done by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
The leading internet service provider (ISP) ACT Fibernet has expanded its footprint in Telangana by launching its high-speed fibre broadband service in Warangal. There are two new broadband plans in the market specifically curated to meet the demands and requirements of the customers. ACT Swift, offers 400 GB FUP limit with 50 Mbps speed and ACT Rapid offers 800 GB FUP limit with 100 Mbps speed.
In a bid to boost fibre deployment that could facilitate Wi-Fi hotspots and enhance fourth generation or 4G coverage in the country, the government is planning on a proposal that would benefit incumbent service providers and infrastructure firms.
The department of information technology (DoIT) of Goa will undertake an audit of the state-wide area network (SWAN), popularly known as Goa Broadband Network. The Minister for information technology Rohan Khaunte has ordered Software and Technology Parks of India (STPI), the third-party auditor for (GBBN) to conduct a detailed audit of the existing GBBN infrastructure.
Taking a step closer to make Delhi a free Wi-Fi city, the AAP government on 27 September finalised the wireless internet hotspot model to provide free Wi-Fi in all residential areas and public places in the capital. Since it will be a free service, a large number of users are expected with the data traffic also likely to be huge.
According to the telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan, the Department of Telecom (DoT) will float tenders by December for launching wi-fi service to gram panchayats as part of the BharatNet project. BharatNet project is the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) which was launched in October 2011 to provide broadband connectivity to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats.
The leading telco Airtel will lay 6,650KMs of fresh optic fiber across Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Uttarakhand to expand high speed data and provide voice services in rural areas. At present, it has over 49.6 million customers across UP and Uttarakhand, and its service covers 983 towns and 1,24,515 villages across the two states.
On 23 September, while speaking after launching free wi-fi facility at Govindaraja Nagar ward, the Deputy Chief Minister who holds Bengaluru Development portfolio said that the government agencies are working on modalities to provide free wi-fi across Bengaluru in 6 months.
According to Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan, In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) which will enable air travelers to make calls and access internet services on domestic and international flights in India may happen by September end.
As reported earlier, the Delhi will soon get free Wi-Fi at important public places. The Delhi government is thinking about different models to offer the services. This includes laying of optical fibres to homes and providing internet vouchers.
In a bid to attract more users and do branding, the Internet service provider (ISP) ONEOTT iNTERTAINMENT, which offers its home broadband services under ONE Broadband and ONE Fiber, will soon launch free Wi-fi with unlimited data usage at 100 locations across Mumbai and Maharashtra.
Taking a leap forward in speed, the leading Internet Service Provider (ISP) Hathway Broadband on 10 September launched its high-speed 300 Mbps broadband plan in Chennai city at a price of Rs 1,699.
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