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Data consumption increases 190 per cent in rural areas with BharatNet Wi-Fi hotspots

May 28, 2018

According to a report by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), a 190 per cent increase in data consumption has been recorded during the last six months in rural areas where broadband internet is provided through Wi-Fi hotspots running on BharatNet infrastructure.

While the first half of last twelve months saw a data consumption of around 33 TB, the second half witnessed a consumption of around 95 TB.

The government is providing Wi-Fi hotspots service, known as Wi-Fi Choupal in 7,183 gram panchayats (GPs) under the BharatNet project in 12 states and Union Territories of Bihar, Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Puducherry, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. These Wi-Fi choupals have been launched by DoT in partnership with CSC-SPV, which operates common service centres in rural areas.

High speed data at a reasonable price can be attributed as the main reason for the rise in in consumption. Further, it has been reported that people are also leaving their 3G and 4G data services for Wi-Fi Choupal service. This is a sign of the huge demand for data in rural areas.

Under BharatNet, Wi-Fi service users are getting 12 GB of data for Rs 100 with a validity of 28 days validity. Smaller packs of 500 MB, 2 GB and 4.5 GB for Rs 10, Rs 25 and Rs 50 respectively, with validity of 10-28 days, are also available.

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