Everyone is moving towards #4G Business. Idea cellular also launched its 4G network in South India and planning to roll out to all over India. Yesterday Idea made a tie up with the Eros Now to provide content of Eros Now on Idea.
Yesterday DoT has cleared the path to get 150 Mhz in the band 1700 – 2000 from Defence.
But the 4G is away for the State run telco and internet provider BSNL and it is working on setting up 40,000 WiFi hotspots across the country to make up for the lack of its own 4G services. As of now, BSNL claims to have deployed 500 WiFi hotspots, with the plan to increase it to 2,500 by the end of this financial year.
It’s not clear if BSNL will allow only its own customers to use the WiFi, or let anyone use the network for a small fee. The latter option would be better for the company, which has been struggling to keep customers, as it provides customers with an option to use BSNL’s services without changing their SIM cards. Other than this BSNL claims it will also set up 25,000 mobile towers in the country, investing Rs 5,500 crore for the infrastructure.
Last month BSNL tied up with the Facebook to create free Wifi Hotspots at the Rural India. This will enhance the reach of the company to smaller cities and also the Business. There are developments in the Public Wifi area in which public are getting wifi access. Last month Google also cleared the wifi access to rural India in #GoogleForIndia campaign.
We think that Public WiFi should be able to offer not 4G or better speeds. Indeed, BSNL claims it’s WiFi hotspots will offer better speeds, although this remains to be seen. Overall, this seems to be a good alternative to launching its own 4G services.