JioPhone hit the headlines soon after Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio unveiled the most-awaited feature phone during the company’s AGM in Mumbai last week. Now, a new report has emerged citing people in the Government of India according to whom the new telecom operator has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Human Resource Development with regards to offering free Wi-Fi to 38,000 colleges across India. When contacted by Techook.com, Reliance Jio refused to comment on the report.
According to the report, the Ministry of Human Resource Development is examining the proposal and yet to come to any decision. It further quotes officials saying such proposals first go through a transparent tender process. The proposal submitted to HRD ministry consists of Reliance Jio’s desire to offer free Wi-Fi to college campuses (both technical and non-technical), which is expected to benefit as much as 3 crore students across the country.
“Through this free access to Wi-Fi, all students will be able to get internet connection and use educational resources such as online courses available on SWAYAM platform through the National Knowledge Network. The company plans to create hotspots for this,” people close to the matter said in a statement to Hindustan Times.
The report further states that this is first of its kind proposal submitted by any telecom operator to the Ministry of Human Resource Development. A couple of months ago, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), announced that 38 universities across India would be Wi-Fi enabled starting July.
Last week, Reliance Jio announced JioPhone, the company’s 4G VoLTE-enabled feature phone at the effective price of Rs 0.