NFS Project Gets a Bump of Rs 11,330 Crore, BSNL to Complete Work in 24 Months

Follow Us

The Cabinet Committee took a major decision related to the network for defence services on Wednesday. In a turn for releasing spectrum held by armed forces, the government has agreed to allocate higher budget for laying alternate communication network for the defence sector. The Network for spectrum project (NFS) will witness the bump of Rs 11,330 crore in its budget. Besides that, Rs 13,334 crore has also been allocated by the committee for infrastructure in July 2012. The project which will be completed over a period of 24 months is being held by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).


Post the approval the committee said, “The NFS project will boost the communication capabilities of the defence forces in a major way leading to enhanced national operational preparedness.”

They further added, “The project will have forward linkages to other related industries such as telecom equipment manufacturing and other telecom related services.”

In the year 2009-10, the DoT was to receive the vacated 25 MHz of 3G spectrum and 20 MHz of 2G spectrum in phases from the defence sector. In return, the DoT had chalked up a plan for an exclusive network for the defence sector’s communication needs.

The budget allocation which has been done by the DoT is in line with the one which was done by the highest decision-making body in the telecom ministry, Telecom Commission. Previously, the Telecom Commission had allocated Rs 24,664 crore in January while revising the budget.

Recently, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha also noted that BSNL has a lot of opportunities coming its way in the future. The telco is already helping the government in several other projects such as BharatNet, under which it'll be relaying public Wi-Fi hotspots. In the National Digital Communication Policy (NDCP) 2018 policy, the government announced various new projects to make the internet accessible by every individual by 2022. And most of these contracts will be awarded to BSNL itself. The Phase II of BharatNet deployment is currently under progress by the government.

Reported By

Managing Editor

Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.

Recent Comments

Faraz :

Yes, But some investment is better than none. Also as said by CEO, these funds and 18k crore FPO money…

Vodafone Idea Raises Rs 5400 Crore from Anchor Investors

Faraz :

IMO, Airtel only needs to buy sub GHz ( like B8/B5 ) to have atleast 10 MHz in that. &…

Airtel Hits 3 Million 5G Users Milestone in Mumbai

Faraz :

Yes I like your detailed reply. I have noticed same in Kolkata circle. Under many metro train station, Jio 4G…

Jio Leads Wireline Subscriber Addition in February 2024: TRAI

Faraz :

It's good that Airtel is sharing number of 5G customer circle by circle to attract new customer from that circle…

Bharti Airtel Surpasses 7.9 Million 5G Users Milestone in Andhra…

Santosh Kumar Pal WB :

Thank you Rupesh for good realistic long writing on Vi and BSNL.??

Vodafone Idea Raises Rs 5400 Crore from Anchor Investors

Load More
Notify of
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments