President Ram Nath Kovind on 27 December inaugurated the Andhra Pradesh Fibre Grid project under which internet, television and telephone services will be available to every household for Rs 149 per month.
The President dedicated the project to the nation under which three services will be available at tariffs starting as low as Rs 149 for 5 GB data at 15 Mbps speed, 250 television channels, and a rental-free telephone connection.
About the Fiber Grid Project:
The project, in partnership with the government of India and the private sector, will provide internet speeds of 10 Mbps for all households and 1-10 Gbps for all institutions by 2018.
The AP Fibre Grid was conceptualised to provide high-speed internet service to every household in the state at a nominal rate. The project, when completed by 2019, will cover over one crore households, 50,000 schools and educational institutions, all government offices, over 5,000 government hospitals and health centres and all panchayat offices.
Andhra Pradesh State Fibernet Limited (APSFL), which is implementing the AP Fiber Grid project, will provide three services at tariffs starting as low as `149 for 5 GB data, along with 250-odd TV channels and a free telephone connection.
Called triple play services, it includes broadband of 15 Mbps to households and 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps connection to government offices and corporates, IPTV offerings 250-odd channels and free telephone connection with no rentals and calls fee within fibre grid network.
The fibre grid will also offer services like video-conferencing and movies on demand. The district command control centres, all public CCTV, the AP State Wide Area Network will be integrated into the grid.
The significance of the project:
The project is expected boost digital literacy and skill development in the state, and provide citizen services on the digital platform to every household. It also expected to facilitate setting up BPOs or call centres in rural areas.