Union Minister of State for Communications, HRD, Electronics & IT Sanjay Dhotre inaugurated Bharat Air Fibre High-Speed Broadband Service by BSNL at Akola in Maharashtra on 2 August 2020.
With this, the internet users at Akola will get wireless internet connections. The Bharat Air Fibre services are being introduced by BSNL as part of the Digital India initiative by the government of India and it aims at providing BSNL FTTH Wireless Connectivity up to range of 20 km from the BSNL points of presence.
This apart, these services are wireless and chances of interruption in services locally are very low. These services are special and different from other operators as BSNL is providing unlimited free voice calling.
Bharat Air Fibre Service provides high speed broadband to subscribers of remote areas by bridging the gap of last mile connectivity through radio waves. A vast network of Optical Fibre has been laid by BSNL up to nearest Telephone Exchange or Mobile Tower and from there the connectivity is provided to subscribers over wireless.
Apart from this, BSNL is providing this high-speed broadband service by tie-up with local entrepreneurs/unemployed youth from Akola and Washim Districts on revenue sharing basis thereby generating employment in rural areas.
They will earn regular monthly income of about Rs one lakh per month thereby becoming self-reliant under ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative of the Centre. This model is being scaled pan-India.
BSNL Akola has 435 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) in Akola and Washim districts, out of which 193 are 4G BTS cover major parts of these districts.
The Union Minister has instructed to cover the lef tout 28 villages also and shortly both the districts will have umbrella mobile coverage. The company has planned more BTS to have complete coverage, apart from other special works for providing best quality services to customers in these two districts.
The company has provided about 14,500 FTTH connections in Maharashtra Circle in the month of July, 2020. BSNL has also provided and is maintaining round-the-clock high speed internet connections to COVID control rooms, District COVID Hospitals, Helpline and Call Centres pan-India.