State-owned telecom firm BSNL will set up 1 lakh Wi-Fi spots across India by March 2019, Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said. “We have plans to set up 1 lakh Wi-Fi by March 2019, which include 25,000 for rural areas. The USOF (Universal Service Obligation Fund) will provide financial support for rural Wi-Fi hotspots,” Shrivastava told reporters on the sidelines of launching a GST application for BSNL customers.
“At a time when a new entrant has changed the dynamics of doing business in the telecom sector, tariffs are going to rock bottom, we need to explore other models for generating revenue. The GST filing service that we are providing in partnership with Masters India will be on revenue sharing basis and it will attract customers to our network,” Shrivastava said. BSNL GM Finance Y N Singh said any trader on BSNL network can use Masters India’s software for free for generating up to 2,000 invoices a year. “It is a prepaid service. Beyond 2,000 invoices, charges will apply as per slab rate fixed by the company,” Singh said.