To provide wireless broad-band connections in rural areas, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to set up six Wi-Max (wireless broadband) stations in its Berhampur telecom district (BTD). The Berhampur telecom district covers the Ganjam and Gajapati districts in south Orissa. The Wi-Max stations would be set up at Mohana and Kasinagar in Gajapati district as well as Digapahandi,Buguda, Jagannath Prasad and Polasara in Ganjam district.
“The equipment has already been provided for installation of the Wi-Max stations and the stations are expected to be operational during the current year”, said BK Nayak, general manager of BSNL’s Berhampur telecom district.
While as many as 3176 broadband connections have been provided in the Berhampur telecom district so far 7,500 more connections are to be provided during 2009-10.
The telecom district has also planned to introduce EVDO (evolution data only) System or wireless data cards in Berhampur, Chhatrapur and Paralakhemundi, the district headquarter town of Gajapati district during the current year.
The EVDO service has already been commenced at Golanthara in Ganjam district in March this year. This service was introduced in Golanthara on the outskirts of Berhampur as a number of technical institutes are located there and the service was needed for the benefit of the students, said Nayak.
He said that BSNL would provide 80,000 new mobile connections in the Berhampur telecom circle in 2009-10.