Bhopal to deploy 400 smart poles with Wi-Fi service


Bhopal Smart City Development Corp Ltd (BSCDCL) is gearing up to deploy smart poles in the city with an investment of Rs 690 crore. The project has around seven-eight projects built into one programme, on public-private partnership model, under which Ericsson and Bharti Infratel will install 400 smart poles across the city, which will be equipped with environment sensors, EV Charging Points, surveillance cameras, digital signage system and Wi-Fi access points as stated by Chandramoli Shukla, CEO, BSCDCL.

He added that the two companies are investing Rs 690 crore, including Rs 390 capex and Rs 300 crore opex over 15 years. BSCDCL is a special purpose (SPV) vehicle formed for the smart city mission in Bhopal. These smart poles will work as mobile sites powered by Ericsson’s Zero Site technology. This pan-city project will address various smart city needs such as improved mobile broadband coverage, energy efficiency, public safety and sustainable solutions like electronic vehicle charging. The deployment will make bulk site acquisition possible in cities and supports mass deployment. The Ericsson solution will enable Bhopal to have a future-proof city network that can be used for different use cases including machine-to-machine communication.

Paolo Colella, Head of Region India, Ericsson, said, “Our global experience in deploying smart city solutions in different parts of the world coupled with our leadership in communications technology and services will enable us to successfully partner with BSCDCL in making Bhopal a true smart city.”

These poles will be backed by 200 kms optical fibre network –to be deployed by Bharti Infratel– that will connect government building and schools. The SPV plans to execute its smart school project through this network, which will also link all the bus stops.