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(1). BSNL Signs MoU with Facebook and MobiKwik
BSNL has inked agreements with Facebook and MobiKwik in order to popularize the internet and its value added services among its customers.
Further, BSNL has also signed a third MoU with Disney Land India to offer premium online gaming services to its mobile customers.
The series of MoUs signed by BSNL comes at the backdrop of a stiff competition faced by BSNL from private telecom companies like Airtel and Reliance Jio.
As per the terms of agreement signed with Facebook, BSNL will facilitate connectivity for Facebook’s `Express Wi-Fi Program’.
Express Wi-Fi service program of the Facebook has been launched commercially in India and the service is now available via 700 hotspots across four states of Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Meghalaya.
Express Wi-Fi is a part of Facebook’s global initiative to expand internet connectivity.
Express Wi-Fi” services will complement mobile data offerings by providing a low-cost, high bandwidth service allowing users to get online for accessing apps, downloading contents amongst other things at affordable rates.
As per the MoU signed with the digital payments firm Mobikwik, BSNL and MobiKwik will work together to create a BSNL mobile wallet to facilitate payment for its products and services.
The wallet will be made available exclusively to the customers of BSNL.
In addition, MobiKwik will also facilitate digital sale of BSNL SIM cards through its app and website.
(2). Indian teen makes ‘world’s smallest satellite’ for NASA
The US’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launches the world’s smallest satellite KalamSat on June 21, it will be the first time ever that it would be piloting an experiment by an Indian student.
Developed by Rifath Sharook, an 18-year-old boy, from Tamil Nadu’s Pallapatti town, KalamSat weighs only 64 grammes.
‘KalamSat’, named after India’s nuclear scientist and former President, APJ Abdul Kalam, will be launched from a NASA facility in Wallops Island. Sharook’s project, the first to be manufactured via 3D printing, got selected through a competition, ‘Cubes in Space’, sponsored jointly by NASA and ‘I Doodle Learning’.
The project aims to take the performance of new technology to space.