We have been hearing about the government’s plan for installing Wi-Fi hotspot at tourist places since a few months. It looks like that the government has gone ahead with the plan and has appointed BSNL to do the same.
BSNL will now be installing WiFi hotspots at tourist places throughout the country. These hotspots will not only help the passengers stay connected but will also let them use many other useful services on the internet.
“An agreement was reached between BSNL and a private firm to create Wi-Fi hotspots at the major tourist spots in the state (U.P.). The Wi-Fi facility would be provided by BSNL, while the setting up of the facility would be done by a private firm,” said Chief General Manager at BSNL U.P. East.
BSNL would allow its existing broadband prepaid and postpaid customers to use the WiFi hotspot service after they log in to their accounts. Note that BSNL is one of the most popular ISP in the country, and majority of the rural areas in the country only have broadband connectivity via BSNL. Other users will be able to buy online vouchers for using the hotspot service.
Another BSNL officer said, “In the first phase, Wi-Fi hotspots would be provided at the ghats and also at the Sangam, which marks the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. Instructions have been issued to make these places Wi-Fi by end of October.”
With refernce to our previous reports, BSNL is also working on National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project aimed at connecting lakhs of gram panchayats through high-speed broadband services. For U.P. East BSNL has to connect 37,455 gram panchayats across 48 districts. The project work has already started in Lucknow, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Banda, Orai, Barabanki, and Basti.
The benefits of having WiFi Hotspots at tourist places are:
With Wi-Fi access at tourist places, people will be able to use social networks and share latest updates with friends & family. Tourists will also be able to use digital maps like Google Maps for planning their journey, finding nearest places of attraction, bookings cabs, buying tickets to local shows and events, online donation to local trusts and temples, and for using instant messengers for staying in touch with their group members.
This is really a great initiative by the government which will also help improve India’s image among those who visit this places from abroad. I’ve seen foreigners struggling to find internet cafes’ at places where people don’t even understand their language. Just imagine their joy of finding high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots at these popular tourist places! They will be overwhelmed.