L&T Con­sor­tium Gets 1k-cr BSNL Pub­lic Wi-Fi Deal

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timesin­ter­net.in New Delhi: State-run Bharat San­char Nigam has awarded a con­tract worth .₹ 1,000 crore to a Larsen & Toubro-led con­sor­tium to set up more than 35,000 pub­lic Wi-Fi hotspots by March 2018.

“We have de­cided to roll out phase two of the pro­gramme through our own capex (cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture) model to de­ploy 35,500 Wi-Fi hotspots across the coun­try by March 2018,” BSNL chair­man Anu­pam Shri­vas­tava told ET.

The con­tract was awarded through a re­cent open ten­der­ing process, ac­cord­ing to BSNL. The com­pany aims to of­fer data ser­vices through these hotspots at speeds faster than those of­fered over fourth-gen­er­a­tion (4G) tech­nol­ogy. L&T to­gether with UTStar­com, Elitecore and Cisco will pro­vide hard­ware so­lu­tions. Equip­ment has been pro­cured and in­stal­la­tion is ex­pected to start this month, ac­cord­ing to Shri­vas­tava.

The com­pany set up 4,500 Wi-Fi hotspots in the first phase of the pro­gramme through a revenue-shar­ing model with lo­cal part­ners and sys­tems in­te­gra­tors.

“We have suc­cess­fully in­stalled 4,500 WiFi hotspots to test the tech­nol­ogy. Data ses­sions of our mo­bile cus­tomers can be trans­ferred seam­lessly to Wi-Fi net­work which works as a 4G hotspot,” Shri­vas­tava said. San Jose-based Cisco Sys­tems will in­stall ac­cess points for the ini­tia­tive, while Elitecore, a part of the Pune-based Ster­lite Tech­nolo­gies, will pro­vide the ser­vice man­age­ment plat­form.

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