BSNL public Wi-Fi Hotspot plans starting at Rs 19, will offer 4G speeds at 30,419 hotspots in India

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The basic pack that costs Rs 19 offers 2GB of data for a period of two days.
  • For Rs 69, BSNL offers 30GB of data for a period of 28 days.
  • All these packs will be valid in BSNL Wi-Fi hotspot locations.

The concept of public Wi-Fi hotspots is picking up in the India and telecom players are stepping it up by spreading out rapidly across cities and towns. Airtel and Vodafone are doing it from the private space while BSNL is strengthening up itself with its Wi-Fi hotspot services across major cities and towns. To make it more accessible to the public, BSNL has now launched new Wi-Fi Hotspot plans that offer various amounts of data benefits to consumers.

The new plans vary between Rs 19 to Rs 69. The basic pack that costs Rs 19 offers 2GB of data for a period of two days. The second plan that costs Rs 39 offers 7GB of data for a period of seven days. The third plan costs Rs 69 and offers 30GB of data for a period of 28 days. All these packs will be valid in BSNL Wi-Fi hotspot locations.

BSNL says that consumers will be able to access faster Internet speeds on these hotspot networks. To help consumers locate these networks in cities and towns, BSNL has published a new website that acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot locator. Consumers can go to the website and enter their telecom circle as well as city to find the nearest hotspot locations.

To access the BSNL Wi-Fi Hotspot locations, consumers will need to switch on the Wi-Fi on their devices and connect to the BSNL 4G Plus SSID network. The network will ask for authentication and consumers will be required to choose the BSNL SIM slot if the SIM option is chosen. Once the verification is done, the device gets access to the Internet. If the consumer is accessing on a device with no SIM card, i.e. laptops and tablets, the verification will be done with a One Time Password (OTP).

BSNL says the Wi-Fi Hotspots are accessible to other users for free as well. However, free access is only limited to 30 minutes and users will need to recharge with coupons to extend their usage. The system is similar to the Wi-Fi networks found in railway stations.

BSNL is already testing its 4G VoLTE network in some circles across the country. The company is offering 4G SIM cards and is giving data benefits to those users who upgrade to the 4G SIM card. The 4G network is expected to be rolled out later in the year and make BSNL compete with other established 4G network service providers.

 

 

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