Both Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio, among other private companies, have shown keen interest in being a part of the BharatNet project’s second phase. For the unaware, the BharatNet project is aimed at providing broadband connectivity to Indians around the country, which includes remote and rural regions. It is an initiative launched by the government that wants to ensure that internet connectivity is offered to the citizens of India on... Read More
STL, a connectivity solutions company has been working with the government of India on multiple projects which includes things such as Navy/Army network modernisation, BharatNet, and smart cities in Rajasthan and more. KS Rao, CEO, Network Services and Software, STL shared a lot of things related to the company’s plans in India and the BharatNet project. Here’s everything you should know. Q1. What Is Your Take on the Announcement by... Read More
The current government at the centre has been keeping Digital India as the banner-child of its policies. The scheme launched a few years back wasn’t just focused on urban digitalisation but also dreamt of extending connectivity to the rural portions of the country. However, unlike the urban areas where the telecom companies themselves are eager to deploy towers, offer various services like broadband and mobile telephony, such is not the... Read More
BharatNet is the ambitious project of the current government to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats and 6 lakh villages using a high-speed broadband network. This would bode well for these villages, the connected Community Service Centres, and other e-governance initiatives which are ongoing in the country. As per this latest development, the project, which is being implemented by BBNL (Bharat Broadband Network Limited), has floated a global tender for creation,... Read More
Even before the country is ready for 5G services, the high-speed fiber in every corner of the country, the talks of PM-WANI are rife in the crowds roaming the streets of the pandemic-stricken country. However, as the news of the PM-WANI scheme fills the columns of many newspapers and websites, there is another project of the government which has been in the headlines for some of the wrong reasons, and... Read More
BharatNet Project Gets Additional Rs 19 Crore to Boost Rural Connectivity Under Viability Gap Funding
When it comes to flagship schemes by the government to boost connectivity and create a robust Wi-Fi broadband environment in the deepest parts of the country, BharatNet comes to mind. In the latest turn of events, the government has been ideating upon the viability gap funding (VGF) for the BharatNet programme to give it a further stimulus in the rural regions. The VGF will amount to Rs 29,430 crore and... Read More
The Indian Government on Monday announced that it had allocated an additional Rs 19.041-crore in order to divert efforts towards the expansion as well as upgradation of BharatNet, which is a nationwide initiative aimed at connecting over 6 lakh villages with the optic fibre-based network so as to ensure the delivery of Internet services. Out of the targeted 2.5 lakh gram panchayats or village blocks, spanning over 6 lakh villages,... Read More
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has delayed a lot on preparing a cabinet note for the approval of the rural broadband project of the government ‘Bharatnet’ even after getting approval from the Digital Communication Commission (DCC) a year back. The Bharatnet project was meant to cover all 2.5 lakh village panchayats with broadband networks and should have been completed by March 2019. Almost two years later, the government has only... Read More
Tejas Networks on Monday said that it has received purchase order from L&T Construction and Sterlite Technologies for its Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON), a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) equipment. The company said that the purchase order is worth Rs 32 crore and that the GPON equipment will be used in the BharatNet project in South India. BharatNet, the “world’s largest rural broadband project” aims to provide high-speed broadband connectivity over optical... Read More
In the recent data surge and the growing demand for data, the government has also played a big role. One of the major and audacious projects to connect the villages and the rural areas by the government has been BharatNet. Now in a new development in this regard, the Union minister of electronics and Information Technology has said that the common service centres in the concerned areas will provide internet... Read More
The Indian government is working hard on bringing high-speed broadband connectivity to gram panchayats across the country under the project BharatNet. Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha today reaffirmed that the final phase of the BharatNet project would be completed on schedule by March 2019. Under the final schedule, the government will be rolling out high-speed broadband services to 1.25 lakh gram panchayats located across the country. Nearly 50% of the work... Read More
The Government has put a lot at stake by launching the BharatNet project and is expecting similar outcomes from it. Now it seems that the results are starting to show, as the new reports reveal. As per a report by DoT which was released on April 30, "190% increase in data consumption has been recorded during the last six months in rural areas where broadband internet is provided through Wi-Fi... Read More
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