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BSNL to concentrate on NFON and Digital India projects


The telecom operator BSNL is al set foster the Digital India initiative of the Government of India. The operator stated that it will now focus in the projects of NOFN, providing Wi-Fi hotspots, mobile wallet and mobile governance services. The telco believed that the opportunities have increased in the field of mobile governance with the introduction of the Digital India initiative.

As reported by PTI, Anupam Shrivastava BSNL Board Director, Consumer Mobility said, “There are 3-4 areas where we are contributing for Digital India programme, like national optic fibre network (NOFN), providing Wi-Fi hotspots at commercial places, mobile wallet service under the Jan Dhan [programme] and delivering m-governance services like Digital Mandi, Kisan Seva among others.”

Under the project the government aims to provide high speed connectivity to 2.50 lakh gram panchayats in the country. BSNL is on focusing on installing Wi-Fi hotspots at commercially viable places like historical sites, shopping malls and universities. The payment model for Wi-Fi spots will incorporate offering free browsing for first 15-20 minutes. BSNL is working on to start a Wi-Fi hotspot at Varanasi Ganga Ghat in two months.

Along with this the telco is also working on a banking project under which it will deliver m-wallet services as part of Jan Dhan Yojna. The operator is also undertaking m-governance services at national and state-level like Kisan Seva, mid-day meal, passport, Digital Mandi among others wherein people can get information through SMS.


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