Sunday, November 1, 2015

Facebook Strives to Bring Cheap Wi-Fi to Rural India

In a bid to boost the government's ambitious 'Digital India' drive, social media giant Facebook has come forward to facilitate state-run BSNL in setting up 100 wi-fi sites in rural areas of western and southern India.
Facebook will spend Rs 5 crore per annum for sponsoring these 100 wi-fi hotspots in the country.
According to editor's report,"Facebook has partnered with BNL to sponsor 100 wi-fi hotspots in villages across west and southern India. They will pay Rs 5 lakh for BSNL bandwidth for each hotspot per annum," BSNL Chairman & MD Anupam Shrivastava told PTI.
According to a recent report,icon360blog learnt the hotspots are being set up by BSNL selected vendor Quad Zen...
"We have already set up 25 hotspots under the agreement. Facebook is only sponsoring them and not taking any revenue share. Quad Zen will set up these hotspots and handle sales. and that,There is revenue share model between BSNL and Quad Zen," Shrivastava said
When contacted, Facebook spokesperson said, "We don't have any comments at this point of time."
The agreement between Facebook and BSNL is for three years and it can be further extended for two more years, he said.
AirJaldi is a top provider of web access in rural India.
BSNL has also received interest from Member of Parliaments for setting up wifi hotspots in villages which they have adopted under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) to make it a model village by 2016.

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