May 19th, 2018 1:59 PM 4 COMMENTS

250,000 Gram Panchayats to Get Broadband Connectivity Under BharatNet by December 2018

The Department of Telecom (DoT) advanced the deadline to December-end for delivering broadband connectivity to all village panchayats under its BharatNet programme, a senior official told PTI. Under India’s broadband project - BharatNet - the government had earlier set deadline for optical fibre rollout across 250,000 gram panchayats by March 2019, but now it hopes to achieve this by the end of the year. “The DoT is hopeful of completing... Read More

March 10th, 2018 10:22 AM 7 COMMENTS

BSNL Receives Rs 25,000 Crore Worth Projects from Government, Will Kick-Off Second Phase of BharatNet

The government yesterday allocated various telecom network projects to state-run telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). The government has allocated Rs 25,000 crore for completing the assigned tasks. Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha informed this news to Parliament yesterday. These big projects include laying of optical fibre based network dedicated for use by Defence worth Rs 13,334 crore and Rs 6,500 crore for execution of the second phase of BharatNet Project.... Read More

November 14th, 2017 11:45 AM 3 COMMENTS

Indian Govt Kicks Off Second Phase of BharatNet Phase With Participation From Jio, Airtel, Voda & Idea

The government on Monday has kicked off the second phase of the BharatNet project with an outlay of Rs.. 31,000 crores. The project now aims to provide high-speed broadband to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by March 2019, and for the first time, private telecom operators have signed for the project to take their services to rural parts of the country. The Mukesh Ambani-led telco, Reliance Jio, has made an initial... Read More

October 26th, 2017 7:38 PM 12 COMMENTS

First Phase of BharatNet Project to Be Completed by December: Telecom Secretary

The first phase of Indian government's BharatNet project will be completed by December this year, having already covered 83,000 gram panchayats, Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, said on Thursday. BharatNet project, which aims to deploy high-speed optical fibre cables across rural areas of the country, would provide 100,000 gram panchayats with broadband connectivity by laying underground optic fibre cable lines. The telecom department is aggressively monitoring... Read More

February 1st, 2017 5:55 PM 2 COMMENTS

Union Budget: India to allocate Rs 10,000 crore for BharatNet expansion, brings incentive schemes for manufacturing

The Indian government will allocate Rs 10,000 crore for the expansion of BharatNet project in fiscal year 2017-18 to provide high speed broadband connectivity in more than 1,50,000 gram panchayats through wifi hot spots and access to digital services at low tariffs, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said while presenting the Union Budget in Lok Sabha. Under the BharatNet Project, optic fiber cable (OFC) has been laid in 1,55,000... Read More

December 7th, 2015 4:00 PM 3 COMMENTS

Makeover Okay, but will optic fiber rollout project ‘BharatNet’ fructify this time?

From linear architecture to ring architecture, from GPON technology to IP-MPLS system, the government’s fiber optic rollout initiative BharatNet or National Optic Fiber Network (NOFN) project has undergone massive restructuring so that after missing two earlier deadlines, it does not fail this time. But the big question is: Whether this time, the project will hit its stipulated time-frame of completion? In the first phase of the project, about 100,000 Gram... Read More

December 3rd, 2015 9:34 PM 5 COMMENTS

TRAI weighs options for increased private involvement in BharatNet, but are the telcos ready?

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is weighing ways to increase the involvement of private players in BharatNet, or the National Optic Fibre Project, which has been designed to provide broadband to every nook and corner of the country. Going by media report, the telecom regulator is likely to submit its recommendations to the government by the month-end for implementing the project with a greater private partnership. But the... Read More

November 17th, 2021 5:06 PM 0 COMMENTS

Cabinet Approves USOF Scheme to Connect 7,287 Villages Across India

On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet approved the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) scheme to provision 4G-based mobile services in villages that are uncovered in aspirational districts in five states, including Odisha, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Andhra Pradesh. This new project seeks to offer mobile services in as many as 7,287 uncovered villages of 44 aspirational districts in the states mentioned above. It is estimated that this project will cost Rs... Read More

October 26th, 2021 1:41 PM 0 COMMENTS

ISpA Wants Government to offer Subsidy to Satcom Services

The Indian government had earlier announced the BharatNet initiative to bridge the digital divide that exists between the rural and urban parts of the country. In view of that, the Indian Space Association (ISpA) wants the government to extend the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) subsidy for satellite broadband services. Jayant Patil, ISpA Chairman, told ET Telecom that offering USOF subsidy to the satellite broadband services is a wonderful opportunity... Read More

October 24th, 2021 7:47 PM 0 COMMENTS

TSSC Believes Up-Skilling of Telecom Workers Necessary

The recently announced reforms for the telecom sector will have a huge impact on the ecosystem. It will ease the operational burden on the TSP’s creating space for growth into new avenues like 5G, says Mr Arvind Bali, CEO, Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC). Pandemic is on a downturn in India; what has been the biggest learning of the telecom sector and especially from a talent perspective? One thing that... Read More

October 11th, 2021 12:31 PM 0 COMMENTS

Indian Government Committed to Help Develop Telecom in Arunachal: MoS

The Indian government is totally committed to helping develop telecom in Arunachal Pradesh. The state is considered strategically important. The Union Minister of State (MoS) for Communications, Devusinh Chauhan, said that the central government is completely committed to developing telecommunications services in Arunachal Pradesh. According to an Arunachaltimes report, Chauhan has directed the senior officers of the state government to ensure that the Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) completes the... Read More

August 29th, 2021 10:22 AM 3 COMMENTS

BSNL Monetisation Plan Will Usher in Good Things for the Public Telco

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is one telecom company that is often in the news headlines for the wrong reasons. The Public telecom company has registered a decline in its subscriber base quarter on quarter and month on month. There are multiple reasons for this phenomenon. Firstly, is the most obvious reason for the absence of a 4G network, which is the prominent reason why subscribers have been seen leaving... Read More

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