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Under Phase-I, one lakh gram panchayats have been provided with hi-speed broadband connectivity.
She was speaking at a conference to mark the completion of the first phaseof Bharat Net project, and to felicitate implementation partners.
Original timeline for completion of the second phase is March 2019.
Stating that the tender process for the second phase has already started, she said state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has floated its tenders.
"...Wi-fi tenders whereby from 38,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, by the end of implementation that is planned for December 2018, India will go to half a million Wi-Fi hotspots. We believe that will be a game changer," she said.
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