Saturday, 30 May 2015

Seven states propose their own broadband network model, says Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, at a meeting with state IT ministers in New Delhi, said, seven states namely Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal have proposed their own broadband network model under Rs 72,000 crore BharatNet prorgamme. 
Haryana said that it is exploring possibility of state-led model for the project. 
Government has given option to roll out broadband network as per three models - current model operated by CPSUs, SPV or state run and private sector led model - to speed up broadband network reach in the country. 
"If state government opts for state-led model, the existing NOFN architecture will migrate to new model," Prasad said. 
NOFN project, which has been newly named as BharatNet aims to connect 2.5 lakh village panchayats by 2016, is being operated by SPV Bharat Broadband Network Limited and project is being executed by CPSUs BSNL, RailTel and Powergrid. 
Committee that has worked on design of BharatNet model in place of NOFN has estimated an increase in project cost to Rs 72,778 crore from about Rs 20,000. Further it suggested to reduce the broadband speed across all gram Panchayats to 20 megabit per second(mbps) 


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