Jan 8: State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is all set to introduce voice telephony over WiFi (VoWiFi) service via the ambitious carpet WiFi networks which offer seamless coverage.
Reports said that BSNL would as other companies to set up networks with advanced equipment which will back the WiFi calls while BSNL will provide bandwidth on a revenue-sharing model. The PSU aims to bring carpet or unbroken WiFi network to chosen locations initially via a revenue-sharing arrangement with companies integrating hardware capabilities.
As per the media reports, Reliance Jio owned by Mukesh Ambani is also working on voice over WiFi or VoWiFi service in various regions.
Even though BSNL is optimistic about the introduction of WiFi over free-of-charge airwaves it is categorizing tier-II and III cities and highways to set up networks. The advantage of WiFi is the free spectrum charge. Moreover, the company is also establishing WiFi hotspots in India.
In October 2018, the Indian government delicensed the 605 MHz of spectrum in 5 GHz band. The same was made use by the companies to offer WiFi centered telecom services free of cost. As per the statements made by the officials, if required, the telecom was all set to establish incremental optic fiber for WiFi service even though it has 700,000 km of strong fiber network throughout India.
Reports quoting a BSNL top official said, fiberisation is required for 5G services said that 5G and WiFi have shared certain elements and require backend fiber. The state-owned telecos also expect the government to allow a WiFi scheme in around 10 states. These are the 10 states where BSNL will be placing telecom infrastructure under the Bharat-Net-II programme.
The government is eyeing to put up 10 million WiFi hotspots by 2022 to enable public data offices and has mandated five hotspots in each of the 250,000-grampanchayats or village blocks for public utility services under the mega initiative to digitally connect the country.
Establishment of as many as 10 million WiFi hotspots by 2022 is aimed by the Indian government. This will enable public data offices. With this, it makes five hotspots compulsory at each of the 250,000 gram panchayats or village blocks for public utility services. The move is under the digital connectivity throughout India.