TRAI Suggests Rs.60,000Cr Broadband Plan For Villages
By on December 9th, 2010

To boost broadband penetration in the country, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has suggested rolling out an optical fibre cable network across the country at a whopping cost of Rs 60,000 crore. Here are the details of TRAI’s plans for the same:

  • An autonomous body – National Optical Fibre Agency (NOFA) will be created under the Central Government.
  • A State Optical Fibre Agency will be formed at the state level whose 51 per cent equity will be vested with NOFA and 49 per cent by the respective State government.
  • Project to be financed by the Universal Service Obligation fund and grants from the Government.
  • New network will be rolled out in two phases by 2013 and TRAI has set a target of 75 million broadband connections by 2012 and 160 million connections by 2014.
  • 25.45 lakh km of fresh optical fibre to be laid all across India in order to meet bandwidth requirements. Current lines are limited only to Tier-1 cities.
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