BSNL plans rural WiMAX expansion

15 Aug 2008

State-run telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is planning to install WiMAX base stations in 1,000 regional blocks , (rural India is divided into 6000 blocks of population), The Economic Times is reporting. BSNL has rights to the blocks as part of its programme to connect rural India to government services online, and the operator aims to provide high speed internet access to 25,000 villages by the end of the fiscal year. Currently BSNL’s WiMAX equipment is supplied by SOMA Networks, but it is understood to be in discussion with multiple vendors regarding this contract. No financial details of the programme have been announced.

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