Public sector telecom major BSNL said on Monday it is working on setting
up 40,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots in the country to counter its inadequacy in
providing 4G data services.
"We are at present neither a 4G service
provider, nor do we have the relevant spectrum to launch this service.
But to deal with this challenge, we are working on a scheme to set up
40,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots in the country, as it (Wi-Fi Hotspot) is faster
than 4G services," BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava told reporters.
said under the scheme, 500 Wi-Fi Hotspots have been set up in the
country, and the company plans to increase them to 2,500 in the current
He apprised that in order to improve its telecom
service, the BSNL would be setting up around 25,000 mobile towers in the
country, with an investment of Rs. 5,500 crores.
On the issue of
call drops, he said the problem is aggravated due to people's
misconception that the radiation emitted by the mobile towers has an
adverse effect on their health, owing to which many such towers have
been removed from residential areas.
The BSNL CMD further said
that in FY15, the company achieved an operating profit of Rs. 672 crores,
and expects it to reach Rs. 1000 crores by the end of the current fiscal
He said, "We are not just satisfied by increasing our
operating profit, but we are also working on taking the company to a net
profit position. We expect to reach that position by FY19."