- Government has completed the roll out of national optical fibre network (NOFN) in 20,000 village panchayats to provide high speed broadband connectivity.
- It had set target to roll out the network across 50,000 village panchayats by March 31, 2015 and all the 2.5 lakh VPs by the end of 2016.
- The scale of implementation under new government has been 375 per cent compared to previous regime. Under new regime 1,600 kms of fibre have been laid out.
- At present, work has been completed in 20,000 VPs and another 10,000 are almost already .
- The panel which included Telecom Ministry officials — Aruna Sundararajan and V Umashankar as well as industry experts Kiran Karnik and Som Mittal — has made 80 recommendations including renaming of project as ‘BharatNet’ which should be completed by 2017.
- Under BharatNet, the committee expects retail broadband services would be available at prices below Rs 150 in poorer states and prices around Rs 250 per month in more economically advanced states with speed “of 2 Mbps to 20 Mbps for all households and on demand capacity to all institutions to realise the vision of Digital India.