BSNL is planning to set up 4 lakh NGN (next generation network) connections in Maharashtra during FY 2016-17. Announcing the road map for improving connectivity in Maharashtra, Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister for communications and information technology said, “Four lakh connections under Next Generation Network (NGN) will be made available during the Financial Year 2016-17. NGN service will be available in Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Kalyan and Nanded in Maharashtra and Goa, which is also part of the Maharashtra telecom circle.” NGN is a packet based network which provides voice, data and other media services at high speed. Prasad said several steps are being taken to address the issues of connectivity including spread of broadband, Wi-Fi and Next Generation Network across the country. He also said 2,500 Wi-Fi hotspots will be set up by next fiscal.