A memorandum of Understanding has been signed between MTNL and Jawahar Lal Nehru University according to which MTNL will be a preferred Telecom Service Provider to JNU. The MOU was signed in the presence of Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Shri Pilot and Prof BB Bhattacharya, Vice-Chancellor, JNU. MTNL has offered to facilitate the students of the University to access the Local Area Network (LAN) of JNU using MTNL 3G network. The Minister while addressing the audience mentioned that that MTNL would provide Wi-Fi connectivity to all the hostels at its own cost to ensure that students, staff, and faculty are able to access Internet anywhere in the hostels.
To ensure good coverage and good quality of service, MTNL has set-up four additional 3G towers on campus to cover the sprawling JNU Campus. The capital expenditure for this is being incurred by MTNL as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, he added. Announcing that shortly all MTNL users in JNU would also be able to make free calls to each other, the Minister said students will have to pay only INR 199 in place of INR 599 per month, MTNL's commercial rate for this -service and will also be able to access internet service using high speed browsing. Cautioning MTNL and JNU authorities on the misuse of the facility the Minister asked to ensure safety and security of the network.