Facebook will spend Rs. 5 crores per annum for sponsoring these 100 Wi-Fi hotspots in the country.
“Facebook has partnered with us to sponsor 100 Wi-Fi hotspots in villages across west and southern India. They will pay Rs. 5,00,000 for BSNL bandwidth for each hotspot per annum,” BSNL Chairman & MD Anupam Shrivastava told PTI.
The Wi-Fi zones will be erected by Quad Zen. This brings us to the question of why we are looking outside the country to sponsor such a project. Rs 5 crores a year is chump change for the hundreds of Indian companies which earn much more than that annually.
Under commercial model, Quad Zen will set up 2,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in West and Southern part of the country and Trimax will set up 500 hotspots in North India.
“Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Najma Heptulla and Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan are sponsoring BSNL bandwidth for Wi-Fi hotspots in the villages that they have adopted under SAGY. BSNL approached MPs explaining this model under MPLAD scheme and over 50 MPs have responded positively to it,” Shrivastava said.
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Source : gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/facebook-bsnl-partner-to-set-up-wi-fi-hotspots-in-rural-india-760114