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

April 5th, 2018 8:54 PM 1 COMMENTS

Trai Submits Plan Outlining Open Architecture Based Wi-Fi to Government

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is seeking a chance to develop public Wi-Fi hotspots by slashing prices in this new turn of events. Trai on Thursday presented a report to the government which outlined details about open-architecture based Wi-Fi services which would function on interoperability at very low prices. This new move if gone right, is expected to cut the prices of data significantly. The report which was... Read More

December 30th, 2017 1:38 PM 25 COMMENTS

Govt Approves Rs 4,066 Crore to Ensure Last Mile Connectivity; BSNL to Add New Towers: Manoj Sinha

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said that the Indian government had approved Rs 4,066 crore for providing last mile connectivity, through Wi-Fi or any other suitable broadband technology, to people in all gram panchayats under the BharatNet project. The Indian government has a plan to provide connectivity to 2,50,000 gram panchayats under the BharatNet project in the country by March 2019, he informed Parliament. "The strategy to provide last mile connectivity... 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

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

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