GTPL Hathway and Polycab Wires Private Limited today announced that it bagged a major deal from the Gujarat Government to deploy high-speed broadband connectivity across the gram panchayats. This is part of BharatNet Phase-II project where the government promised to provide high-speed broadband services across all the gram panchayats in the country. The Gujarat Fibre Grid Network Limited (GFGNL) has awarded this project worth Rs 1,245.77 crore to GTPL Hathway and the project is on EPC bases and includes Survey, Design, Plan, execution with active/passive components required for the commissioning of the complete network.
GTPL Hathway to Deploy Broadband Services Across 3,767 GPs
Under the project, GTPL will connect 3,767 GPs by implementing end-to-end Optic Fibre Cable and digital infrastructure at Centralised network operations centre of Gandhinagar in Gujarat. The contract value includes Capex and three Years O&M (Operation & Maintenance).
Commenting on winning the project, Anirudhasinhji Jadeja, Managing Director, GTPL Hathway said, “GTPL is proud to have won this prestigious mandate. GTPL has been playing an active role in digital initiatives such as Smart Cities and now we have won this project under Digital India Initiatives. With a team strength of more than 3500 including an on-ground team of 1500, GTPL is uniquely positioned to create the necessary infrastructure with in-house capabilities and experience. Together with our consortium partner Polycab Wires, we are very confident to complete the project in a stipulated timeframe of one year.”
GTPL Hathway to Provide 1 Gbps Broadband Connection
As part of this major project, the Internet Service Provider (ISP) stated that it would connect all the gram panchayats in the state with high-speed 1 Gbps connection.
Elaborating on the key aspects of the project, Hetal Shah, Enterprise Head, GTPL Hathway said, “GTPL will create an infrastructure network that will provide broadband connectivity to 3,767 gram panchayats across Saurashtra region, with each Gram Panchayat connected with 1 Gbps with additional 12 core fibre for future capacity build up and possibility of further monetisation. We will lay down fibre network across 17,000 kms. We will use the modern and scalable GPON technology for sustainable stability. It is GTPL’s highly qualified team with in-house capabilities in the survey, identifying soil conditions, network designing and fibre laying along with the rich experience of laying broadband infrastructure across 200 cities helped us win the mandate.”
The government is betting big on BharatNet project and it’s also aiming to provide 50 Mbps connection to every home by 2022 as part of the new telecom policy which becomes effective very soon.