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BharatNet Projects Second Phase Start to Connect Villages with High Speed Internet

Posted on: 14 Nov, 2017 Tags   High Speed Internet BharatNet Mobile Broadband

IndiaNewsonWeb: 14 Nov, 2017, On Monday, the second phase of the BharatNet project was started to connect all the villages panchayats in the country with high speed internet. All the villages panchayats of the country will be connected to high speed broadband by 2019 under the second phase. On Monday, in this project, other telecom companies including Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India took part.

To join BharatNet, Reliance Jio gave the highest amount of Rs 13.9 crores to deliver broadband service in 30,000 Gram Panchayats. Reliance Jio gave this check to every Gram Panchayat with the commitment of buying the bandwidth from the government because the company wants to expand its project.

Under the second phase of BharatNet, the government will lay optical fibers in 1.5 lakh gram panchayats. To join the project, Bharti Airtel has provided Rs 5 crore for Bandwidth to cover 30,500 gram panchayats. Vodafone gave Rs 11 lakh and Idea Cellular Rs 5 lakh.

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, along with Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, announced the second phase of BharatNet's ambitious second phase. Sinha said that the government has reduced the bandwidth price by 75 percent for the BharatNet project, which will help telecom operators to provide services at affordable rates.

Telecom Ministry will sign a deal with seven states - Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand for the second phase. These states will start the project at their own expense. They will get partial help from the central government.

On Sunday, telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said that the second phase of BharatNet will cost around Rs 34,000 crore. The goal of this project is to provide high speed internet to all panchayats by March 2019. Under this scheme 1.5 lakh panchayats will be connected through optical fiber of 10 lakh km.

To fulfill the dream of Digital India, the Central Government has come up with the BharatNet project. Under this, the central government wants to extend the facility of high speed internet to every village. The purpose behind this is that people in rural areas will be provided with many things including e-governance, e-health, e-education, e-banking and other facilities of the Internet.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while presenting the General Budget for the financial year 2017-18, had said that under the BharatNet project, 1,55,000 km of optical fiber will be laid. He said that for the financial year 2017-18, allocation of Rs. 10,000 crores has been made for this scheme.

During this time, he had stated that by the end of the financial year 2017-18, high speed broadband connectivity will be available from optical fiber in 150,000 panchayats, along with wifi hot spots. The rates for digital services offered will be kept low. 

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