Facebook taps BSNL for India WiFi foray

Facebook to partner ISP across rural areas for local entrepreneurs; develops customised software

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Mark Zuckerberg | Photo: Sanjay K Sharma

This article has been modified. Please see clarification at the end After the launch of Free Basics in India, social media platform Facebook is set to partner internet service provider (ISP) across rural areas in the country. This is to enable entrepreneurs to offer internet in small data packages - as low as Rs 10 - to consumers. Facebook has purchased bandwidth from state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in 125 rural areas for Rs 10 crore for three years, BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava told Business Standard. Bandwidth is usually referred to as the ...