BharatNet project: Govt start final phase today

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New Delhi: The administration will begin its second and last period of BharatNet venture on Monday (13 November, 2017)- – with a cost of around Rs 34,000 crore – to give fast broadband in all panchayats by March 2019, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said on Sunday.

Under the venture, the administration means to associate 1.5 lakh panchayats through 10 lakh kilometers of extra optical fiber and offer transmission capacity to telecom players at about 75 percent less expensive cost for broadband and wifi benefits in rustic ranges.

“We will tomorrow dispatch stage 2 of BharatNet to associate 1.5 lakh gram panchayats with rapid broadband by March 2019. Stage 1 of the venture, under which 1 lakh GPs were to.

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be associated, will be finished before the current year’s over. We anticipate that telecom administrators will give no less than 2 megabit for every second speed to rustic families,” Sundararajan said on Sunday.

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, Law and IT serve Ravi Shankar Prasad and Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar will dispatch the venture on Monday.

The telecom service will consent to arrangements with seven states – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand – which will reveal the venture without anyone else with fractional subsidizing from the focal government.

“The aggregate task cost of BharatNet is around Rs 45,000 crore, of which Rs 11,200 crore have been utilized for the principal stage. After rustic trade rollout in the nation when telecom administrations began, this is the greatest venture including locally fabricated items for the whole undertaking,” Sundararajan said. She said around Rs 4.5 lakh crore esteem can be added to the national total national output on fulfillment of BharatNet stage 2 as an investigation has recommended that each 10 percent utilization of Internet in India drives up GDP by 3.3 percent.

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BSNL will take off optical fiber in yet to be secured areas of eight states – Assam, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir and Sikkim that were not secured under the main period of BharatNet. Power Grid Corporation of India has been granted contract for three states – Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Odisha.

The administration evaluates that the second period of BharatNet will twofold the current optical fiber impression in the nation and create work of 10 crore mandays amid the rollout of the task.

It is setting up association point or trade for optical fiber at every panchayat under the plan. From there on, telecom administrators can purchase association or transfer speed from the legislature to offer the same in provincial territories.

Broadband administrations rates, Sundararajan stated, are required to be low a direct result of concentrated rivalry in the division and the legislature is putting forth transfer speed under the undertaking to telecom administrators at 75 percent bring down rate than they right now get it. She included that telecom administrators Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone are keen on giving administrations under BharatNet.

The administration will offer help of Rs 3,600 crore to telecom administrators for taking off wifi in towns.

“India at introduce has 38,000 wifi hotspots. Under BharatNet stage 2, around 6-7 lakh wifi hotspots will be included with 2-5 hotpsots in every panchayat. A portion of the wifi hotspots may not be industrially practical at first. So (we) will give practicality hole financing of around Rs 3,600 crore to telecom administrators,” the secretary said.

The aggregate wifi rollout cost is assessed to associate with Rs 10,000 crore, she said.

Under BharatNet stage 1, the administration has set up 15,000 wifi hotspots of which around 11,000 are in country territories and the rest in semi-provincial.

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