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BSNL to connect one lakh schools in India

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Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), India is rolling out its broadband services to one lakh schools of India as a part of project of Human Resource Development. The Ministry will provide the details of the schools to BSNL for offering high-speed Internet services. The schools will be connected in four phases.

In the first phase of the project, BSNL will cover 15,000 schools in 1,500 towns by December 2007. his will include 9,000 schools in 900 towns, where the company has its wire line based network and another 6,000 schools in 600 towns, where BSNL will set up its broadband infrastructure over the next two-four months. In the second phase, BSNL will add another 20,000 schools primarily located in rural areas. In the third phase, the telecom major will use wireless technologies such as Wi-Max to cover 10,000 schools in 1,000 blocks. In the last and final phase about 65,000 schools in 5,000 blocks will be covered. BSNL will provide the connectivity, while the Ministry will equip the schools with the necessary hardware like PCs to access broadband.

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