PANAJI: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd’s (BSNL) plan to usher in wireless connectivity may soon make the Goa capital Wi-Fi enabled, once the government responds to the company’s Rs8 crore proposal.
“We have submitted a proposal to the state government, which seeks to make Panaji city Wi-Fi enabled so that wireless Internet connections could be accessed. A response is awaited,” BSNL’s general manager, A. K. Desarkar said on 24 February.
“The project aims to cover 6 sq km radius in Panaji,” he added. If BSNL’s plan comes through, Panaji will be Goa’s first city to have Wi-Fi connectivity. “At present, there are eight sites in Panaji with this connectivity,” Desarkar noted.
BSNL officials feel that considering the huge inflow of tourists and corporates into the city, Wi-Fi connectivity will come as an added advantage.
“Cities like Pune and Bangalore are also planning to go for such projects. If we get a green signal in Panaji, we will be able to put the entire system in place within six-eight months,” Desarkar stated.
The central government is also trying to enhance mobile phone coverage in Goa. “With 140 new towers planned for this year, we will be able to have 80% penetration in the state,” Desarkar said.