The Taj Mahal visitors can now enjoy the free Wi-Fi services as the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad has inaugurated on Tuesday a Wi-Fi hotspot zone at the Taj Mahal in Agra.
The hotspots were installed by BSNL with the optical fibre backbone using GPON technology that provides backhaul broadband bandwidth up to 100 Mbps through the state of art MPLS network.
The company has reported that the service would be free of cost for the visitors for first 30 minutes per 24 hours, three times in a month that can be utilised it in multiple sessions, after which users can prolong the service on paid basis. For the same, BSNL is offering the paid plans in the denomination of Rs. 20, Rs. 30, Rs. 50 and Rs. 70 for validity of 30 min, 60 min, 120 min and one day, respectively.
In addition, Anupam Srivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL revealed that the company is planning to set up 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots around the country in next three years. Regarding the same, a budget of Rs. 6,000 crore has been passed by the officials.
Including the 2,500 Wi-Fi hotspots which cost around would cost Rs. 500 crore would be installed at other 250 tourists and religious locations like Khajuraho, Jagannath Puri, Fatehpur Sikri and Hampi by the next March.
Moreover, Shrivastava said that the tender for project will likely be floated by July. “Initially, we plan to set up the hotspots in PPP (public-private partnership) mode. The investment made by private operators will be in addition to ours,” he said.
He further reported that BSNL is planning to invest more than Rs. 1200 crore in UP (West) circle during 2015-16. Out of which, Rs. 200 crore will be invested in expanding and upgrading the current mobile network.