Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd's (BSNL) Wi-Max launch next year will incorporate a major educational component with the successful bidder likely to connect 40,000 primary and secondary schools across the country with wireless broadband.
There is already an MoU to this effect between the Human Resource Development ministry and Department of Telecommunication, BSNL official said. A pilot project has already started in eight cities. BSNL has announced that the company would call for expressions of interest in about a week for deploying 2 million Wi-Max lines. The order size is reportedly to be about Rs 2,000 crore and will be able to cover some 25,000 villages in a year. This is reportedly one of the biggest tender proposals in the world for Wi-Max equipment and the deployment of the technology on such a wide-scale. The project will also include wiring up some 50,000 plus internet kiosks across the country.