To promote Digital services in rural and remote areas, a new tariff structure has been decided which will work on the principle of ‘more you use, less you pay’.
BharatNet, a flagship project of the Government of India, provides Broadband services to rural India.Till 5th November this year, Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connectivity has been achieved in 1,03,275 Gram Panchayats by laying fibre for 2,38,677 km.
Due to several measures initiated to accelerate the end-to-end connectivity, GPON equipment has been installed in 85,506 GPs and 75,082 GPs are Services Ready.
Even telecom service providers (TSPs) have expressed interest to utilise BharatNet connectivity.
Airtel has shown interest in 10000 GPs for taking 1 Gbps connectivity on lease while Reliance Jio, Vodafone and Idea are interested in taking 100 Mbps connectivity on lease in about 30000, 2000 and 1000 GPs respectively.
The rolling out of services by TSPs in these GPs is expected to trigger the village level eco-system thereby widening the extent to cover more and more number of GPs in near future. This will give an impetus to broadband facilities in rural India.