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DoT to soon issue Rs 100 billion tender to set up more Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas

June 21, 2018

In its effort to ensure higher proliferation of high-speed rural broadband across the 250,000 gram panchayats, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will soon issue a revised tender inviting bidders to set up more public Wi-Fi hotspots in every gram panchayat.

The new tender will be for Rs 100 billion. Out of this, around Rs 36 billion is expected to come from the government as viability gap funding.

The Telecommunication commission has asked The DoT to come up with an operational framework to roll out these hotspots and is scheduled to meet on June 29, 2018 to discuss on this matter.

DoT had earlier floated a draft policy for public consultation. The policy aims to provide 1 gbps connectivity to all gram panchayats by 2020 and 10 gbps by 2022. Further, it targets to enable 100 mbps broadband on demand to all key development institutions and deploy 5 million public Wi-Fi hotspots by 2020 and 10 million by 2022.


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