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Government launches BharatNet phase 2 project

Government launches BharatNet phase 2 project

According to informed sources here, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar will be present at the conference on Monday.

"The progress of service readiness has picked up to such an extent that in October 2017 around 25,000 gram panchayats have already been made service ready". Phase 1 of the project, under which 100k Gram Panchayats were to be connected, will be completed by the end of this year.

"We want to bring revolution in schools, like there was operation blackboard in 1970s. This centre, with around 100 Mbps bandwidth, is equipped to provide tele-medicine-remote medical consultancy, tele-education, entertainment, digital payments and e-governance services, empowering the people in these villages and achieving the vision of Digital India", a senior official from the company told BusinessLine.

For instance, Airtel has promised to adopt 30,500 Global Positioning System to connect its 4G broadband network using BharatNet's optical fibre.

The project, then called the National Optical Fibre Network, was approved by the previous UPA government in October 2011.

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"When the project started it didn't take off as planned".

Under the Phase II, the government plans to connect 1.5 lakh panchayats through 10 lakh km of additional optical fibre.

Now, the government, in a bid to fast-track the second phase, is signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with major carriers - Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular - and offered Rs 3,600 crore subsidies to build cost-effective Wi-Fi infrastructure, which is more of last mile connectivity to the village households with a minimum internet speed of 2mbps by the end of 2019.

The Telecom Ministry has signed MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with seven states, who will roll out Phase II of BharatNet on their own with partial funding from the central government.

With the phase one of the government's ambitious all-India internet connectivity project BharatNet getting closer to completion, it has set the ball rolling for the second phase. Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan further asked state government to send list of unconnected villages in their jurisdiction so that all of them can be connected by 2020.


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