Ravi Shankar Prasad dedicates Wi-Fi Hotspot at Vaishno Devi
As part of its drive to tap new sources of revenue while meeting aspirations of the Government, it has introduced a plan to deploy public Wi-Fi hotspots across the country covering all religious, tourist and important locations in the country. In first phase of the plan it proposes to set up 2500 WIFI hotspots across the country.
As part of its strategy to regain financial health and popularity, BSNL has taken several initiatives recently. It includes introduction of free night calling from BSNL fixed line to any other service provider between 9PM to 7AM. BSNL has also introduced free incoming calls while roaming for BSNL mobile customers which is perhaps a first step taken by any telecom operator. BSNL has upgraded minimum speed of broadband from 512 kbps to 2mbps so that broadband customers of BSNL should have better surfing experience.
BSNL is in the process of upgrading and expanding both mobile as well as fixed telephone network. As part of this initiative BSNL is converting the existing PSTN telephone exchanges with NGN (Next Generation Network). Approximately 660 telephone exchanges have already been upgraded to NGN.
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad also gave go ahead to the NGN technology designed and manufactured locally by CDOT (Centre for Development of Telematics). The initiative part of Make in India program of the Government will facilitate BSNL in accelerating deployment of NGN technology in urban and rural part of the country. The Minister also inaugurated several Value Added Services (VAS) on NGN, namely all India IP Centrex, multimedia voice conferencing, fixed mobile convergence and prepaid version of fixed telephone. He also started a new innovative services called Fixed Mobile Telephony(FMT) which helps customers to carry his/her fixed telephone in his/her pocket while moving around the world and able to receive and initiate outgoing calls from mobile telephone instrument.