Government wants to instal 2,500 Wi-Fi hotspots by next fiscal

The government plans to reach up to 50 crore internet subscribers in next 6-7 months by the next fiscal.

By: IANS | Mumbai | Updated: January 11, 2016 10:11 am
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The government plans to reach up to 50 crore internet subscribers in next 6-7 months, besides installing 2,500 Wi-Fi hotspots at 256 places by the next fiscal, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

“Today mobile penetration is 100 crore, while internet penetration is 40 crore. It took more than 3-4 years to become from 20 to 30 crore. It took less than a year to become from 30 to 40 crore and I have fixed a target of 50 crore,” Prasad said at the launch of the Bombay Stock Exchange’s (BSE) free public Wi-Fi service started in partnership with Tata Docomo.

“God willing, we will cross 50 crore in coming 6-7 months,” he said.

The minister said the state-run BSNL aims to install 2,500 Wi-Fi hotspots at 256 places by the next fiscal.

The Digital India programme includes projects which aim to ensure that the government services are available to citizens electronically and people benefit from information and communication technology.

“Digital India will transform the country, and it is more for people like chaiwallas and paanwallas so that they can enhance their skills,” Prasad said.

He also announced that the BSE, which is Asia’s oldest stock exchange with 3 crore registered investors, would get its own postage stamp.

“In acceding to your (BSE) request to have postal stamp, I am feeling happy as it is the official recognition of the work you are doing,” he said.

“Launched Free Public WiFi at @BSEIndia Mumbai,” Prasad tweeted later.

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    MyTake
    Jan 11, 2016 at 4:49 am
    Big or small companies willing to provide free internet to communities (in the form Of clubs, educational insutions, local Govt. bodies) as part of comminity service should be given tax benefits on their investments who inturn will be able to get the return on their investments in many other ways.
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      MyTake
      Jan 11, 2016 at 4:43 am
      Free access and flow of information (Governance and its services) alone can uproot the corruption in the society what Modi Govt. is trying to do. Leave no places without free internet where the actors in politics will come and try to make a backdoor entry by promising freebies. Beat them in their game before even the game begins. Another area would be to force these mafia clan pay through their noses trying to match the bar Modi Govt. sets. Election should be fought in new ways from now on - not on promises but on satisfaction of the people from their past experiences.
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