TelanganaFiber Grid programme is all set to a get a fresh boost with the Central government signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Telangana State government and allotting Rs 1,243 crore under Phase-II of BharatNet programme which is a hi-speed rural broadband network.
The MoUs were signed during the national conference on ‘BharatNet’ for the launch of Phase-II in New Delhi. Under the Phase-II, the government will establish fibre optic cables connecting mandals to gram panchayats covering 6,657-gram panchayats across Telangana State.
BharatNet is a project initiated by the Union government and funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund with the aim of providing broadband connectivity to over 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country. Under Phase-I, about 2.4 lakh km of optical fibre cable has already been laid connecting 1.4 lakh gram panchayats across the country.
The second phase of the BharatNet project with an outlay of Rs 31,000 crore and a mandate to provide highspeed broadband to all panchayats by March 2019 got off the block on Monday.
The government expects to complete the entire BharatNet project, entailing an investment of Rs 42,000 crore in both the phases, by March 2019.
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