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BSNL logs Alwar’s Imran Khan back on to faster internet

In July, Khan said he had been logged out as the internet connection at his house was down for more than six months.

jaipur Updated: Oct 30, 2017 20:24 IST
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A day after Modi mentioned his name in his address in London in November 2015, BSNL offered Imran Khan free internet connection for developing mobile applications.(HT FILE)

Three months after HT reported how Alwar’s Imran Khan, who found mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the iconic Wembley stadium, has been logged out by state-run BSNL, the corporation has logged him back in.

A day after Modi mentioned his name in his address in London in November 2015, BSNL offered Khan free internet connection for developing mobile applications. In July, Khan said he had been logged out as the internet connection at his house was down for more than six months.

But now BSNL has provided him high-speed internet access by laying a new, 450 metre, optical fibre cable to his house, which cost Rs 1.25 lakh.

“We wrote to our corporate head office in Delhi to lay the cable. After approval, we laid a new line which provides him internet through fibre-to-home technology,” said BSNL Alwar circle general manager Shyam Singh.

The 36-year-old schoolteacher said that he is thankful to HT for highlighting the issue. “The internet is working absolutely fine now,” he said.

Khan caught the PM’s attention after a front-page article in HT on July 22, 2015, which detailed how without any formal training in computers the Sanskrit School teacher had developed 42 educational android apps in three years.

Modi said, “My India resides in people like Imran Khan,” during his speech. A day later, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called up Khan to congratulate him for his noble work.

BSNL then gave Khan free internet connection through wireless WiMAX technology as his home in Alwar city was unfeasible for a wired connection. “But,” Khan said, “it was a basic connection and I could log in only sporadically.”

“The new technology has solved all problems,” he added.

Khan has developed more apps – 72 at last count – with 8.5 million downloads. In November 2016, Union minister of state for law & Justice, electronics & IT PP Chaudhary made Khan a member of the technical advisory of an institute under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). Khan was roped in to develop mobile applications for the ministry under the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), the human resources development (HRD) arm of the MeitY.

First Published: Oct 30, 2017 20:24 IST