Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: After launching free Jio 4G feature phone ‘JioPhone’, Reliance Jio has now expressed its keenness to provide free Wi-Fi facility to three crore students in colleges across India.
The telecom firm had submitted a proposal in this regard to the human resource development (HRD) ministry in June but the ministry is yet to take a final decision on the proposal.
However, the government is reportedly of the view that a ‘fair chance’ must be given to all the telecom service providers by floating a tender in this regard.
As the Mukesh Ambani-led firm has proposed not to charge money for providing the Wi-Fi facility, it’s not appropriate to approve the proposal without giving a fair chance to others companies. The government wants a fair and transparent process in this regard, says report.
As per reports, Reliance Jio wants to provide free Wi-Fi facility to around 38,000 colleges, both technical and non-technical.
It is worth mentioning that the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had earlier announced that Wi-Fi connectivity would soon be a reality in 38 universities across the country by August 31, 2017.