HFCL limited supplies 100,000 Wi-Fi systems under BharatNet initiative

  • The company developed a carrier-grade Wi-Fi system. It is totally 100% indigenous R&D including hardware and software
  • HFCL is in the process of crafting FTTH-related optical networks and is expecting a huge demand once the 5G appears in the market

In order to carry forward the recently announced BharatNet initiative, HFCL limited, previously known as the Himachal Futuristic Communications, has provided 100,000 Wi-Fi systems before the deadline, which are equipped with innovative technology and indigenous design. 

The domestic optical cable manufacturer that bagged the contract of Rs. 7500 crore has supplied the Wi-Fi equipment timely to the private firms and further intends to provide the same globally in the coming few years.

Mahendra Nahata, managing director, HFCL told ETTelecom, “We have developed a carrier-grade Wi-Fi system. It is totally 100% indigenous R&D including hardware and software. Within a few months, we have already supplied 1 lakh units of Wi-Fi products in 2020.”

During the pandemic when the country was in a financial crunch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ scheme or self-reliant India to boost domestic industry so that Indian can be dependent on its own manufacturing and less on imports. 

Nahata further added to ETTelecom, “If BharatNet and WANI are put together, it will usher in a good amount of broadband in the villages. The indigenous vendors would benefit in line with the government’s ambition.”

Last month, the union cabinet approved the proposal of the Department of Telecommunication for setting up of Public Wi-Fi Networks by Public Data Office Aggregators (PDOAs) to provide public Wi-Fi service through Public Data Offices (PDOs). It will spread across the length and breadth of the country to accelerate the proliferation of Broadband Internet services through a public Wi-Fi network in the country. There shall be no license fee for providing Broadband Internet through these public Wi-Fi networks.

The domestic firm is now eying for weighty orders once the WANI scheme commences. “Overall, our company’s order book is around Rs. 7,500 crore at present and more orders are in the pipeline,” Nahata said and added that it has a capacity to manufacture 19-20 million optic fibre cable (OFC) kilometres (km) annually.

Nahata stated that HFCL is in the process of crafting FTTH-related optical networks, and is expecting a huge demand once the 5G appears in the market.

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