Facebook to Set-up Wi-Fi in Rural India

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Boosting government’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ drive, Facebook has come forward to facilitate state-run BSNL in setting up 100 wi-fi sites in rural areas of western and southern India.

Facebook will spend Rs 5 crore per annum for sponsoring these 100 wi-fi hotspots in the country.

It will pay Rs 5 lakh for BSNL bandwidth for each hotspot per annum. BSNL has already set up 25 hotspots under the agreement.

The agreement between Facebook and BSNL is for three years and it can be further extended for two more years.

BSNL has also received interest from Member of Parliaments for setting up wifi hotspots in villages which they have adopted under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) to make it a model village by 2016.

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