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.