Kerala to be the first state in India with broadband connectivity to all villages

By October 9th, 2014 AT 12:45 PM

Kerala is aiming for March 2015 to complete National Optical Fibre Network and to be the first state in the country to have broadband connectivity to all villages. National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) is a project by Indian government to provide broadband connectivity 2.5 lakh village and panchayats in India.

Chief Minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy has assured that the project will be complete by March, 2015 .  Each panchayat would have to set 50 sq ft of office space for the getting the connectivity and provides necessary permits for laying cables. A total of 800 KM cable has to be laid in the state and of which 150KM has been completed.

Department of Telecom (DOT) is set to complete National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) roll out to 2.5 lakh village and panchayats in India by March 2016. Three public sector units BSNL, RailTel and Power Grid are tasked with the roll out work. The project is now part of government’s Digital India programme to transform the country into a digitally empowered knowledge economy.

Do you think Kerala can complete the network by March, 2015 to become the first state with complete broadband connectivity?

via : Indian Express

An IT professional who has got great passion for telecom. Has been closely watching Indian telecom space since 2009.

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Soundman

Recently moved to Kochi for a 10 month stint, I stay near the infopark if this news is nearly 2 years old. would have got internet by now. Broadband here is either unavailable or expensive. i am from Chennai and i am used to fiber . i stay 300 mts from the infopark and most of the decent broadband providers say there is no connectivity. How does Kerala aim to be an IT hub when there is no supporting infra

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