Bharat Sanchar Nigam limited (BSNL) has received an approval from the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) to release a tender for Wi Max services, a fourth generation(4G) technology in India.
DoT has chosen IEEE 802.16e WiMAX version, which will have the mobility options, so that the service can be upgraded as and when the infrastructure would allow. BSNL will release the tender worth of INR crore to provide services to 25,000 villages. BSNL will release another tender worth INR 2,000 crore again for providing coverage to 70 cities in two months' time. Funds from the Universal Service Fund (USF) under the GoI would be used for the purpose. Under this initiative, BSNL will connect 40,000 schools of the country. BSNL is also planning to tender for 50,000 Wi- Max kiosks all over the country that will generate employment opportunities. BSNL is also planning to enhance its broadband services from 2 MB per household at present to 100 MB in the urban areas, and 2MB in the rural areas. In the first phase, BSNL will see the connection of all the nodes by fibre, while the second stage will bring the fibre to the premises.