The first phase of the national optic fibre network christened Bharat Net project — which aims to deploy high-speed optical fibre cables across rural areas — will be completed by December this year.
The fourth edition of the ‘i-Bharat 2017’ conference held in the capital, based on the theme of ‘ICT Elucidations for Unserved and Unsolved’, organised by industry body FICCI in association with the ministry of electronics and information technology.
Bharat Net has now reached 83,000 gram panchayats. It is imperative to create a fibre-first programme where the government, as well as private sector, can join hands to achieve the objective of doubling the reach of telecom fibre network in the country by 2020.
About BharatNet project:
Bharat Net sought to connect all of India’s households, particularly in rural areas, through broadband by 2017, forming the backbone of the government’s ambitious Digital India programme. It proposes broadband connectivity to households under village panchayats and even to government institutions at the district level. The project is being funded through the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).